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Delbarton arrested on two felony counts

PAMELA SCOTT JOHNSON Staff Writer

April 21, 2013

Rachel Baldwin


Staff Writer


WILLIAMSON - Criminal complaints filed in Mingo County Magistrate court against a Delbarton resident accused of committing two felony counts associated with the act of grand larceny have been released.


Rush Bryant Dials, 25, was taken into custody by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) Sgt. Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy on charges of conspiracy and grand larceny after the officers investigated a complaint filed by Paul Justice of Taylorville, in which the property owner alleges that Dials conspired with Josh Mitchem and a juvenile under the age of 18 to steal a 1997 Honda CRV which had over $1,500 worth of tools and torches inside it. The vehicle is worth an estimated $1,200.


The defendant and his counterparts are said to have transported the tools to the Tolsia Community in Wayne County where they reportedly sold them for $50, and then took the ATV to another residence located on Webb Road, also in Wayne County, where they sold for $200 cash.


Dials is no stranger to the law, and was arrested in February of this year by MCSD Deputy Max Mounts on charges of breaking and entering and grand larceny after he allegedly entered the building housing Goodwill Towing, owned by the victim of the 2nd theft, Paul Justice, and reportedly stole 4 chrome rims from the warehouse that were worth $1,500. Dials proceeded to take the stolen goods to S&S Recycling, located on Cow Creek, where he sold them as scrap.


The defendant was arraigned on the latest charges before Mingo County Magistrate Pam Newsome and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden on a $2,000 bond. He appeared in court on Wednesday for his preliminary hearing before Chief Magistrate Dallas Toler and agreed to waive his case to the grand jury. Dials was represented by Attorney Kathryn Cisco-Sturgell.