The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

January 17, 2013

Police probe theft of crossbows from Dunham’s

By Wendy Holdren
Register-Herald Reporter

— Beckley Police are searching for a man who stole two crossbows from Dunham’s Sporting Goods around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sgt. David Allard said each crossbow is worth more than $500, so the suspect walked out of the store with over $1,000 in merchandise.

Police have obtained video footage from inside the store, as well as from surrounding businesses.

The suspect was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, a hat and jeans. He was driving a dark colored Dodge Ram pickup truck.

“We have seen a large increase in shoplifting in the past several months,” Allard said.

He said shoplifting does spike around the holidays, but it’s becoming a bigger problem and the frequent occurrences are keeping the officers busy.

“Billions of dollars are lost every year because of shoplifting, so it’s important we find this suspect.”

Allard also said crossbows can be potentially dangerous if in the wrong hands.

From the video footage obtained, police say the suspect came in the store, found the crossbows and moved them to another location in the store. The suspect went back outside, positioned his truck for a quick getaway, and then came back inside to grab the goods.

Store employees tried to obtain a license plate number, but were unable to do so.

Allard said once this suspect is found, he must consult with the prosecutor’s office to determine if this case will be a felony or misdemeanor because of the amount of merchandise stolen.

Some businesses surrounding Dunham’s are typically busy around the time this incident took place, so Allard is hopeful that someone has more information.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Beckley Police Department at 304-256-1708 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-STOP.