Relative: 82-year-old man’s guns stolen from home before he was killed

Updated: Dec. 4, 2018 at 10:39 PM EST
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NOTTOWAY, VA (WWBT) - An 82-year-old Nottoway County man is dead after relatives say someone stole guns from his home and shot him at his front door step.

Police responded to the 600 block of Poplar Lawn Road in Nottoway County just before 2 p.m. Monday after the man’s daughter found him shot to death.

Police identified the victim as Leslie Crews.

It’s a murder mystery that has left the Blackstone community stunned.

"Your heart just breaks. It just takes a piece of your heart away from you,” Barbara Moore of Farmer’s Café said.

Workers at Farmer’s Café are devastated by Crews murder because they have served him there.

"He’d come in here to eat…You get used to somebody and you feel like they’re part of you, they’re part of the family,” Moore said.

Crews' relatives were at the restaurant dining Tuesday as investigators gathered clues at his home. People who live along Poplar Lawn Road say if they heard any gunshots on the day of the crime, they would not have thought anything of it because people hunt there all the time.

"There’s nothing but woods,” Jeremey Lawrence said.

He lives next door and recalls Crews coming to his rescue during a recent storm.

"He was like, ‘are you guys out of power too?’ I said ‘yes.’ He said ‘I’m going to run a chord over to you guys to give you power so that you’ll have it’…He’s too nice of a person. He would probably give you the shirt off of his back,” Lawrence said.

Relatives said the 82-year-old was retired from working at the former Levi and Strauss manufacturing plant years ago.

"If they wanted something, they could have shoved him to the ground. He would have had a hard time with that and not been able to get up. They could’ve took what they want and move on. {They} didn’t have to kill him,” Moore said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office says Crews died from a gunshot wound to the upper body.

“The incident is being investigated as a homicide in addition to certain items being determined to be missing from the residence, which leads investigators to believe this is an isolated incident,” state police said Tuesday afternoon.

The investigation has led to missing items from Crew’s residence being recovered and a person of interest, who is currently being held at the Piedmont Regional Jail.

Anyone with information is asked to call Virginia State Police at (804) 553-3445.

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