CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A fourth person was arrested in connection with the burglary of a Clendenin Home where a fallen service member's war medals were stolen.
Alesha Lovejoy Goodwin, 27, of St. Albans, was arrested Wednesday for her role in the New Year's Eve burglary.
Kanawha sheriff's deputies have been investigating the theft since Dec. 31 and so far have arrested four, Cpl. Brian Humphreys said.
The house was burglarized at least four times within two weeks. Also stolen were all-terrain vehicles and furniture.
The homeowner's daughter, Senior Airman Elizabeth Loncki, 23, of New Castle, Del., was a member of the U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. She was killed in a car bomb explosion, along with two other airmen, near Al-Mahmudiyah, Iraq in 2007.
Loncki, the first woman from Delaware to die in combat in Iraq, was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. Those medals, along with her uniforms and her nametag, were stolen.
Deputies arrested Marty Shane Atwell, 38, of St. Albans, Tuesday after finding the truck he used to haul some of the stolen items.
The truck was seen leaving the Spencer Road home with a stainless steel refrigerator, stove and a wooden door in the back, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Deputy M.P. Knapp learned a few days later the truck belonged to William Samples of St. Albans. Samples told Knapp he loaned the truck to Atwell on Dec. 31 and that when Atwell returned on Jan. 1, the truck was loaded down with items. Samples said Atwell told him he took the items from a log home in Clendenin.
Atwell also brought a bag to Samples' home containing various military medals a few days later, according to the complaint. Knapp arrested Atwell on Jan. 9. Atwell told deputies he went to the house with his girlfriend, Goodwin, in mid- December without permission. He said they "looked around" but didn't take anything.
They returned on Dec. 31 and put numerous items into a large duffle bag. Atwell said they were walking from the home when they saw a large white truck approaching.
He told the deputy they left the bag lying by the driveway and ran through the woods to their vehicle, which they'd left at the Clendenin park and ride.
Deputies searched Atwell and Goodwin's Arena Lane home and found several of the stolen items. They were charged with burglary and are being held at South Central Regional Jail.
Deputies also arrested Billy Emerson Woods Jr., 44, and Paulette Marie Dickey, 52, on Jan. 2 after spotting them in a pickup truck at the home.
The deputies knew no one was home and that no one should have been at the house. They approached the pair and took them into custody after finding stolen items in their vehicle.
Detectives still are investigating. Anyone with information can contact the Kanawha Sheriff's Office at 304-357-0169.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.