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Winfield Police Seek Help In Identifying Persons Of Interest In Thefts
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Feb. 13, 2013 5:15 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 14, 2013 4:42 AM EST
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Winfield police are asking for community assistance in identifying three persons of interest in connection with recent break-ins and thefts from vehicles.
Police said the crimes occurred over a four-day period. On Feb. 4, Feb. 5 and Feb. 7, the department was inundated with calls from resident reporting break-ins and thefts from vehicles parked in private driveways and streets, according to a news release from the department.
The preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle tampering occurred between the hours of 11:30 p.m. 6 a.m. In eight of the incidents, there were no signs of forced entry into the vehicles.
In all cases, the vehicle owners determined someone had entered their vehicle and rifled through the contents located in the passenger compartment. Eight of the nine owners reported thefts from their vehicles. The types of property reported stolen from the vehicles included a woman’s purse containing credit cards and cash, an I- Phone, I-pod 860, phone accessories, a Sony stereo, work boots and loose coins.
On Feb. 7, police said, a credit card that was reported stolen from one of the vehicles in the crime spree was successfully used at the Nitro Walmart Supercenter. At about 5 a.m., a white male in his early-20s wearing a dark cap and jacket was captured on video surveillance entering the store and purchasing a pre-paid phone card with the stole credit card.
Ten minutes later, a second white male also in his early-20s entered the store wearing a plaid jacket and close cut hair. Police said surveillance video captured the second person of interest using the stolen credit card to purchase a video game.
About 10 minutes later and a mile down the road, a third suspect who is a tall, lean, white male, also in his mid-20s, with close cut hair and no sideburns wearing a dark monogramed hoodie entered the Speedway Gas Station on Goff Mountain Road in Cross Lanes. The suspect was unsuccessful in attempting to purchase two VISA gift cards for $500 each.
All three persons were observed leaving the Speedway in a newer model gray/silver Toyota Camry. The Camry exited the Speedway and proceeded north on Route 622. Police said the three individuals are familiar with Cross Lanes and Winfield and may possibly reside in either place.
Anyone with information about the individuals is asked to contact Winfield police.
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