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Grand jury to hear light fixture theft case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A grand jury will hear the case of a woman accused of selling light fixtures stolen from the state Veteran's Memorial for scrap.

Amanda Suzanne Young, 32, of Charleston, waived her preliminary hearing Monday afternoon in Kanawha Magistrate Court, according to court documents.

She is charged with receiving or transferring stolen goods.

Magistrate Pete Lopez reduced her bond to $1,000 in property or 10 percent cash. Her bond initially was set at $10,000 when she was arrested Nov. 22.

Young is accused of selling five brass light fixture covers to Capitol Recycling in Kanawha City, according to a criminal complaint. The fixtures were worth about $2,000.

The recycling center's owner, Randy Halstead, said he didn't know the fixtures were stolen until a Capitol police officer showed up with photos of the circular brass covers, according to the Associated Press.

Information from Leads Online, a national database used by authorities to keep an eye out for stolen goods at recyclers and pawnshops, helped officers identify Young.

Lawrence Messina, spokesman for the state Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said Monday it was his understanding that officers expected to make one more arrest in the case.

Young remains at South Central Regional Jail.


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