The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

July 15, 2014

Beckley man accused of taking guns from police cruiser

A 19-year-old Beckley man was at Southern Regional Jail Monday for allegedly breaking into a police cruiser July 5 and stealing a pistol and rifle, according to Fayette County authorities.

Cody Scott Brown reportedly told an acquaintance that he planned to trade the guns for synthetic marijuana, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fayette Magistrate Court.

An off-duty Fayette Sheriff’s deputy had parked his patrol vehicle in front of his home in the Summerlee area on July 5, Fayette Sheriff’s Deputy M.J. Jarvis wrote in the complaint.

Around 11:31 a.m. on July 5, the deputy contacted Oak Hill Police Department and reported that someone had broken into the cruiser and stolen his official Ruger Mini 14 semi-automatic .223 caliber rifle, estimated value of $700, and his personal Glock 23 automatic .40 caliber pistol, valued at $400, Jarvis reported.

On July 6, Jarvis learned that an older, green Ford Expedition was connected to the theft. He also learned that Oak Hill officers had gone to a Dickerson Street home to investigate a complaint of someone firing a gun and had seen the vehicle parked at the house.

According to the complaint, when Jarvis investigated, a man at the house told him that he’d been walking on Summerlee Road shortly after the theft and that Brown had pulled up beside him in a green Expedition, showed him the Glock and told him that he’d stolen some guns that night and was planning to trade them for synthetic marijuana.

He identified the owners of the Expedition to police.

When Jarvis went to the Expedition owner’s Lochgelly home, he learned that Brown had been staying at the house with a 17-year-old boy who lived there.

The teen told police that on the morning of July 5, Brown had awakened him and told him that he had just stolen a pistol and rifle. He then brought the guns into the house, Jarvis said in the complaint.

The boy’s mother told police that later that morning, she had gone with her son and Brown to Oak Hill City Park and that Brown had disappeared from the park.

At that time, the woman said, her son told her that Brown had stolen the guns.

According to the complaint, the woman reported that when she and her son arrived home, the kitchen window was broken and the firearms were gone.

She added that Brown was also no longer in the house, Jarvis stated.

The woman gave Jarvis a picture of the deputy’s stolen rifle, positioned on the floor of her home, and said she had discovered it on her iPhone after she arrived back from the park, according to the complaint.

Brown was charged in Fayette County with a felony count of grand larceny and the misdemeanor account of breaking and entering.

He was at SRJ Monday under $10,000 bond.

The SRJ website also noted that Brown was charged in Raleigh County with probation violation, grand larceny and entering without breaking.

There was no bail listed for the Raleigh charges and no further information was available Monday.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com

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