Searching for other suspects

Last updated: July 30. 2014 4:59PM - 1349 Views
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By Kyle Lovern


The Mingo County Sheriff’s Department has made arrests on separate felony burglaries and grand larceny charges involving crimes that happened in the last couple of weeks.

Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith said other suspects are at-large and deputies are hoping to make arrests of those individuals at any time.

The sheriff’s department is currently looking for Justin Davis, 24, of Matewan. He, along with Tyrone (Prater) Scales, 23, also of Matewan, and Christopher Risinger, 25, of the Hatfield Bottom section of Matewan, allegedly conspired to commit nighttime burglary.

Scales and Risinger are currently lodged in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden after being arrested by the West Virginia State Police on separate charges.

The three Matewan residents are charged with stealing a transmission valued at $1,200 from Cooter’s Garage located at Goodman Hollow. That has been recovered.

They also are charged with stealing a trailer belonging to Johnny Gooslin of Lynn Bottom in Matewan that was valued at $3,000. They also allegedly stole a pair of window air conditioners from Gooslin’s residence.

The three are charged with several felonies including conspiracy, grand larceny and nighttime burglary.

Sgt. J. W. Muncy is in charge of the investigation.

Meanwhile, Deputy Max Mounts is investigating a burglary that occurred at Glen Alum.

The sheriff’s department has warrants for two men, Mark Canterbury, 40, of Pigeon Creek, and Billy St. Clair, who is believed to be living with relatives in the Williamson area.

They are charged with nighttime burglary, breaking and entering, grand larceny and petit larceny. They are also charged with destruction of property.

The two allegedly broke into two different houses and stole a number of items worth more than $2,500. The items reported stolen included a Dutch oven, three Blue Rhino propane tanks, six fishing poles and various other items.

The two, who apparently were intoxicated, according to the arrest report also used their vehicle to destroy a $500 gas grill and a garden, smashing several vegetable plants.

Mounts said he has a full confession from one of the suspects.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these individuals is asked to contact the sheiriff’s department at 304-235-0300. If there have been any other crimes of this type in these communities, citizens should also contact the sheriff’s department.

Kyle Lovern is the sports editor of the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civitasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.

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