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Two W.Va. men arraigned on single count of grand larceny

August 09, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Two men accused of stealing a commercial vacuum Friday at the Sheetz store in Spring Mills, W.Va., were later nabbed by a Berkeley County sheriff’s deputy on his way home from work, according to court records.

John Henry Wade of Lonely View Drive, Hedgesville, W.Va., and Andrew James Buckler of Mobile Court, Falling Waters, W.Va., were both arraigned on single counts of grand larceny and conspiracy by Berkeley County Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II, the court records said.

Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. R.L. Steerman Jr. said he was heading home when he stopped to offer to help a man who was walking around a green car that was stopped with the hood up near the intersection of Little Georgetown and Tice roads, records said.

The man said he didn’t need assistance, but the deputy then spotted what appeared to be a vacuum hose stretching from the edge of the road into a soybean field, and muddy tracks on the road beside the car that led into the field, records said.

The deputy then found the steel vacuum with change collector on the side of it in the field and called for additional deputies to assist, records said.

Deputies later found one of the defendants lying down in the field of soybeans, which were described as being about knee high. 

The vacuum estimated to be worth about $2,000, records said.

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