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April 23, 2010

Man charged this week in 2008 copper theft



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A 36-year-old Inwood, W.Va., man accused of stealing $2,000 worth of copper wire from an electric power substation in Inwood in May 2008 was arraigned this week, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

A warrant charging Matthew A. Davis of 62 Carter Lane with one count of grand larceny wasn't issued until March 22, 2010, when police received the results of a lab analysis of evidence, according to court records.

He was arraigned on the charge this week by Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court records.

A few days after the copper wire theft was reported off Pedal Car Drive, the defendant was charged with destruction of property at the Allegheny Power substation and a set of bolt cutters were seized from him, according to court records.

The bolt cutters and samples of the wiring that was cut in the destruction of property incident were sent to the West Virginia State Police laboratory, according to court records.

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The results matched evidence collected by an Allegheny Power investigator, who was assigned to handle the grand larceny case, according to court records.

The case was investigated by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputies Richard L. Steerman Jr. and Tim Sherman.

W.Va. man charged with breaking into 37 cars



INWOOD, W.Va. -- An Inwood man accused of breaking into 37 cars at a towing business' impound lot in October 2009 was arraigned this week in Berkeley County Magistrate Court, according to court records.

Travis Eugene Adams, 21, of 715 First St., Inwood was arraigned by Magistrate W. Randy Smith on one felony count of grand larceny, one felony count of conspiracy, 37 misdemeanor counts of breaking and entering an automobile, five misdemeanor counts of destruction of property and two misdemeanor counts of conspiracy, according to court records.

The vehicle break-ins were reported by Big K's Towing Service & Body Shop Inc. on Oct. 18, according to court records.

The value of stolen property in the case was $1,350 and property damage was estimated at $800, according to court records.

West Virginia State Police Troopers J.J. Bowman and J.D. Schuessler investigated the incident, according to court records.

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