CHARLESTON, W.Va. - State Police are investigating after a brazen thief broke into their barracks in Ritchie County and raided the evidence room.
Troopers found that the Harrisville detachment had been broken into when they reported for duty Wednesday morning, Sgt. Michael Baylous said. He said the break-in likely occurred late Tuesday.
Once inside, the thief or thieves got into the evidence room and made off with several items.
Baylous said troopers conducted an inventory of evidence and discovered several items were missing. He would not say what those items were or which cases they relate to.
The State Police follow a strict policy concerning evidence storage, making a quick and thorough assessment possible following the crime.
"It allowed us to get in there quickly and determine what was missing and what was still there," Baylous said of the policy. "I just think our policy and procedures and the way we deal with our evidence really benefited us. And we were able rather quickly to get a grasp of the situation."
Ritchie County Prosecutor Judi McCullough was made aware of the situation, he said.
Anyone with information can contact their local State Police detachment.