BAISDEN – A Baisden man faces felony charges after allegedly attempting to take metal pipe owned by Blackhawk Mining.
Terry “Pete” Cline, 26 from Baisden, was arrested on Wednesday, September 21 by officers with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department after a warrant was issued for his arrest.
According to a criminal complaint, on Saturday, September 10, Cline unlawfully entered posted property owned by Blackhawk Mining.
The complaint states that once Cline was on Blackhawk property, he proceeded to load 32 pieces of metal pipe in his vehicle that was owned by Blackhawk.
As Cline was leaving the property, a security guard allegedly caught him with the stolen property. The security guard then called 911 who dispatched officers to the Blackhawk location.
Upon officer arrival, the officers allegedly obtained a video statement from the security guard that caught Cline.
Officers also photographed the items taken by Cline and obtained a video confession from Cline after advising him of his Miranda rights.
Cline also allegedly explained to officers that the vehicle used in the theft did not have insurance and that the registration plate did not belong to the truck. Officers ran the registration plate on Cline’s truck which revealed that the plates belonged to the 1994 Chevy S10. The truck used in the theft was a Ford truck.
The value of the pipe that Cline attempted to take from the Blackhawk property was valued at over $1,000.
Cline has been charged with grand larceny, which is a felony offense. If convicted, Cline could be sentenced to up to ten years in jail and could be fined up to $2,500.
Cline also faces misdemeanor charges related to first offense trespassing, having no proof of insurance, and improper use of insurance.
Cline was arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Brock Mounts and transported to the Southwestern regional jail located in Holden, W.Va. where he is listed as a pretrial felon.
Information in this article was obtained by use of a criminal complaint which is public record. A criminal complaint is merely an accusation and those named should be considered innocent until and if proven guilty.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)