SOUTH WILLIAMSON, Ky. – Both the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) are investigating a burglary where three cars and several other items were stolen from Curt Fletcher Auto Sales located in South Williamson, Ky.
Video surveillance tape was viewed by the investigating officer, Trooper Jason McClelland, from the KSP Post 09 in Pikeville, Ky. There were two suspects, one male and one female, both young adults believed to be from Mingo County, W.Va. The break-in occurred around 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, according to the police report.
The KSP, working with the Williamson Detachment of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), notified the officers in Mingo County about the two suspects around 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Troopers were able to locate Mandy Porter and Donnie Edwards at the Forest Place Apartments in East Kermit where they were arrested later on Wednesday.
Reportedly the two young burglars also took a television set, a pistol and a chain saw. They also took checks belonging to Fletcher Auto Sales. One of the vehicles was recovered at the Valley View Subdivision just east of Williamson. A book of checks was also found by a resident of the community on the street on Wednesday.
Evans was charged by the WVSP for being a felon in possession of a hand gun, while Porter was arrested for attempted forgery, according to Sgt. M. S. Lively,
Porter allegedly tried to cash a check at the First National Bank in Williamson for $1,000. The bank alerted the business owner Curt Fletcher about the check and the attempt to cash it by Porter.
Patrolman Josh Tincher of the Williamson Police Department (WPD) is bringing the forgery charge against Porter, since the crime happened within the city limits, according to Sgt. Lively.
Both Porter and Evans are listed as 31 years of age and both have previous criminal records, according to troopers. Porter had been arrested for shoplifting in the past and Evans had been involved in an assault and felony in Huntington several years ago. Porter’s address was listed as living in Williamson, while Evans was currently listed as McCarr, Ky. However, he had also lived in the Naugatuck area and had apparently moved to several locations in the last few years.
During the burglary, the two suspects allegedly stole a television, a pistol, a chain saw, tools, the checks and “anything that wasn’t nailed down,” according to Fletcher.
Evans was driving one of the vehicles, a red Chevy Tracker near Kermit, when he had a flat. Mingo County Sheriff’s Deputy Cpl. Phillip Muncy was alerted to the vehicle and cited Edwards for not having any registration, driving on a suspended license and no insurance. Deputy Muncy had the Tracker towed from the scene. During the investigation it was later found that Edwards was driving one of the three vehicles that were stolen from Fletcher’s Auto Sales.
Evans was parked on the M & M auto service lot in Kermit in a 2004 Chevrolet Tracker. Cpl. Muncy then ran a license check that came back “driver suspended.” Officer Muncy contacted a local tow company and wrote the defendant a citation. He then gave Evans and a female passenger, Porter, a courtesy transport. Soon after, Cpl. Muncy was notified that the tracker the defendant was in possession of was stolen from Kentucky. At that time, Cpl. Muncy located and detained Evans. Upon apprehension of Evans, Cpl. Muncy located a 45 Caliber XDS pistol concealed in the defendant’s possession.
WVSP Senior Trooper S.A Belt arrived on the scene and discovered the defendant had two felony convictions on 07-31-2009 and 10-08-2010 for assault during the commission of a felony. Evans was then transported to the WVSP detachment for processing. After further investigation, Evans was charged with Felony possession of a firearm. WVSP Troopers, Sr. Trp. J.J. Dean, Sr. Trp. T.G. Kania, III, Sgt. Lively and Sgt. B.K Wellman were also involved in the investigation, along with Patrolman Tincher of the WPD.
The other two vehicles that were stolen were a yellow Chevy Cobalt and silver Chevy Trailblazer. All three of the stolen cars were recovered and are now back in possession of Fletcher Auto Sales.
According to Fletcher, he and his employees found used syringes in one of the vehicles. Apparently there may have been some drug use by the suspects in that car. That is also being investigated.
Both Porter and Evans are being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden. They will be awaiting extradition to Kentucky. Once they are taken back to Pike County, they will face charges of burglary and felony auto theft, according to the KSP spokesman. Those charges will be brought before a grand jury in Pike County in the near future.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)