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Jenkins brother charged with using customer cars

January 05, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - One of the brothers of Jenkins Brothers Auto has been charged with illegally using customers' vehicles, according to records in Berkeley County Magistrate Court.

Michael G. Jenkins, 40, was charged with grand larceny, unauthorized use of an auto, destruction of property and possession of marijuana, court records state.

Customer Samuel S. Byrd told West Virginia State Police on Tuesday that his full-sized Ford Econoline van had been stolen after he dropped it off at Jenkins Brothers Auto on Monday to get a sensor checked, court records state.

Byrd, of Martinsburg, said he was supposed to return to the auto repair business on U.S. 11 two hours after dropping it off to get the results of the diagnostic check, but when he returned, his blue and silver van was not there.

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According to court records, a man left the auto business in Byrd's van minutes after it was dropped off and had not returned.

The van, valued at $20,000, had not been recovered as of Tuesday, court records state. The investigating officer could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Michael Jenkins' brother, Greg Jenkins, of Falling Waters, W.Va., could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Michael Jenkins was arrested about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at Jenkins Brother Auto, police said.

Police alleged they found half a marijuana cigarette, two prescription pain pills and drug paraphernalia on Michael Jenkins.

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