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Man arrested for shooting Henry County water tower, causing $35,000 in damage

Updated: Jan 26, 2020

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a vandalism that occurred on January 4, 2020 to the Commonwealth Crossing water tower located at 196 Commonwealth Crossing Parkway, Ridgeway, VA.

The damage to the water tower appeared to have been caused by bullet from a high powered rifle.

The estimated cost to repair the damage and replace the water is $35,000.

During the investigation a suspect from the Stoneville, NC area was identified.

Through the course of the investigation, investigators conducted numerous interviews, in addition, video surveillance was obtained and a search warrant was executed.

Aaron Chase Clayton, 21, of 413 Janet Rd., Stoneville, NC has been charged with one count of Vandalism (Felony) and one count of Reckless Handling of a Firearm (Misdemeanor).

Clayton has been arrested and is currently being held in the Rockingham County Detention Center awaiting extradition back to Henry County.

Rockingham County is holding Clayton on a Fugitive from Justice warrant based off of the outstanding Henry County warrants.

Clayton is held on a $15,000 secured bond.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the many concerned witnesses and citizens that came forward with information in this case.

In addition we thank our media partners for the continued coverage of the case.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid. 

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