Every now and then in this paper you find a letter to the editor praising a public servant who did a good job. Deborah Penley could have written one of those letters. Instead, the retired Roanoke schoolteacher called me and asked me to write a column.
Penley lives in Goodview, in Bedford County. One of these days, she’ll open the antique shop in Roanoke she’s been planning for a while. In the meantime, she buys antiques at auctions and stores the stuff in her future shop on Williamson Road near Crossroads Mall. She browses at some other antique sellers, too.
One day in May she was at Happy’s Flea Market, which is in Roanoke County, north of her store-to-be. That’s where she found some of her antique items for sale.
“Someone broke in and stole from me and I didn’t even know it. And I went to Happy’s and saw them,” she said ruefully.
She is singing the praises of Roanoke police, especially Officer Stephen Wasileski, a 10-year veteran who was quickly able to identify a suspect and help her get most of her stuff back.
“The police in Roanoke are good,” Penley told me. “They deserve some kind of compliment.”
Scott Leamon, the police department’s spokesman, was reluctant to say too much about the crime. That’s because the case is still active. He confirmed many of the details related by Penley, who’s not reluctant to talk about it at all.
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