The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

September 28, 2012

4 accused of copper theft arrested

Wyoming County

By Mary Catherine Brooks
Wyoming County Bureau Chief

— Four Wyoming County residents were arrested Thursday afternoon in connection with the copper theft earlier in the week that left about 1,300 people without phone service, according to Sheriff Randall Aliff.

Bobby Ray McKinney, 43, of Mullens, was charged with grand larceny, felony destruction of property and theft resulting in loss of phone service, which is also a felony, Aliff said.

James Daniels, 56, of Rock View, was charged with grand larceny, felony destruction of property and theft resulting in loss of phone service.

Nancy Tate, 46, of Mullens, is facing the same charges — grand larceny, felony destruction of property, and theft resulting in loss of phone service.

Tanya Jenkins, 35, also of Mullens, was also charged with grand larceny, felony destruction of property, and theft resulting in loss of phone service.

The four were caught after trying to sell the copper to a recycling center in Raleigh County, Aliff said. The State Police were notified and the vehicle was stopped a short time later with the copper still in the vehicle, Aliff said.

Aliff lauded the quick response of the State Police in the arrests.

Bond was set at $100,000 each. All four were remanded to Southern Regional Jail.

The investigation is continuing.

— Mary Catherine Brooks