By Rachel Dove
BUFFALO MOUNTAIN - A second arrest has been made by by the chief of the Hatfield-McCoy Trails Law Enforcement Division, John Hall Jr., relating to a theft of five hydraulic jacks removed from a bulldozer belonging to the trail system.
Randolph A. Vinson, 34, of Lenore, was taken into custody by Friday morning by Hall on charges of receiving and transferring stolen property. Roy Lee Morris, 33, of Williamson, had been arrested earlier in the week by Hall and Williamson Police Department Patrolman J. Marcum in connection with the same theft.
The criminal complaint states that on Feb. 7, Hall was contacted by John Fekete, who is the deputy director of the Hatfield-McCoy Recreational Authority, reporting that someone had stolen the hydraulic jacks from a 2010 Cat D5KXL Bulldozer. Upon arrival at the scene, the dozer operator advised that the last time the heavy equipement had been operational was on Jan. 21, and that it had been idle since then due to bad weather conditions.
Hall had been contacted the day before the crime was discovered by Marcum, who asked if the trail system had any jacks missing, and not being aware of the missing items, Hall replied no. After being informed of the crime, Hall contacted Marcum and was informed that there were two suspects in the case and the two officers opened an investigation.
Hall traveled to the residence of Vinson and said the defendant told him he had not seen the stolen merchandise, nor did he have knowledge of the crime. After Morris was arrested, a video statement was taken from him in which he said that Vinson, in fact, not only had knowledge of the crime, but had allowed him to store the stolen jacks in Vinson’s garage for three days, according to officials.
Vinson is also accused of trying to assist Morris in finding a buyer interested in the stolen equipment. When Morris retrieved the items from Vinson, he is accused of assisting Morris in loading them and also instructed Morris to call Huntington Hydraulics in Cabell County to see if they would purchase the jacks.
Vinson was arraigned in Mingo County Magistrate Court on the felony charge and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden. Another suspect has been named in this case and a third arrest is pending.