3 charged in Charleston vandalism
Three teens are behind bars after allegedly ransacking unlocked vehicles in South Hills and stealing valuables, including GPS systems, power tools and guns.
Charleston police arrested Christopher Bailey Hall, 18, of Scott Depot, and Jacob Allen Curry, 19, of St. Albans Monday evening. A third suspect, Logan Truman, 18, of Charleston, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon.
Officers were dispatched Oct. 15 to a home on Brentwood Road in Charleston to investigate after the homeowner reported his vehicle was broken into the night before. Scott Bossie discovered that morning that someone got into his vehicle and took a set of headphones and a Ryobi saw, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
He didn't know who the culprit was, but told police he'd seen a tan SUV driving around the neighborhood with its headlights off.
Officers were called on Sunday to Norwood Road where the residents of four homes reported items stolen from their cars. Each was unlocked at the time of the incidents.
A similar incident was reported the same day on Ravina Road, where Travis Love had been the victim of theft twice, but the break-in was filmed in the latest incident, the complaint said. A bottle of hydrocodone pills was taken from the vehicle in the latest incident, police said.
Cpl. Dana Rowsey took the report on Ravina Road and was heading back to the police department when he noticed a jeep parked at a home on Stone Road with two men standing nearby.
Rowsey questioned the men, identified as Curry and Truman, about the incidents, but both denied knowledge of the break-ins or seeing anyone in the neighborhood acting suspicious.
Detective Duane Fields searched the pawn shop database and found that Truman pawned a Ryobi saw Oct. 15 at Kanawha Fine Jewelry and Loan, which Bossie later identified as his stolen saw.
Fields went to the Stone Road home Monday and found Truman again. Truman at first denied any knowledge but told Fields about the thefts after the detective showed him the pawn slip.
Fields got permission from Truman's mother to search the home. Curry and Hall were found sleeping in the basement. They admitted to being involved, Fields said.
Curry later told detectives he'd sold a set of Callaway golf clubs with Ohio State head covers to Will Jewelry and Loan. The clubs were taken from an unlocked vehicle on Viola Road.
A search of the home turned up four GPS systems, a bottle of hydrocodone prescribed to one of the victims, a small brown purse containing another victim's identification and credit cards, a digital camera, a digital recorder, a 9-millimeter Sig Sauer handgun and a .45-caliber FMP handgun.
The three are being held at South Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bond each.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-348-4850.