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Harpers Ferry man charged with being part of scrap-metal-theft ring

Gary Heflin Jr. was charged with grand larceny and felony destruction of property in school vandalism

March 22, 2012

A man has been arrested and charged with being part of a scrap-metal-theft ring that caused more than $300,000 in damages last month at South Jefferson Elementary School in Charles Town, W.Va., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday.

Gary Heflin Jr. was arrested Wednesday night where he was living at 34 Spring Court in Harpers Ferry, according to a sheriff’s office news release. He was charged with grand larceny and felony destruction of property.

Deputies said his bond was set at $25,000.

Sheriff Robert Shirley and Cpl. Ben Williams responded on Feb. 18 for reports of larceny and vandalism at the school at 4599 Summit Point Road, the sheriff’s office said.

An investigation determined that someone stole the aluminum coils and other scrap metal from 11 commercial air-conditioning units, mostly on the rooftop, the release said. The financial loss, including damage to the school, was estimated in excess of $300,000.

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Deputies said they expect to file more charges and make more arrests in the incident.

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