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Hurricane man charged in string of motel thefts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Police have charged a Hurricane man with a string of thefts at motels in Cabell County.

The stolen items include $21,000 worth of instruments belonging to the Lincoln County High School marching band.

Media outlets report that 31-year-old Justin Brafford is charged with three counts of felony grand larceny and one count of petit larceny.

A criminal complaint alleges that Brafford broke into a box trailer containing the band's instruments while it was parked at a motel.

Brafford also is accused of breaking into three trucks parked at other motels and stealing more than $4,000 worth of tools.

The thefts occurred in February. Brafford was arrested Monday.

Brafford is being held at the South Central Regional Jail.


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