The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Police/Courts

September 26, 2013

Weekend television thefts likely related

Recent thefts of televisions from two Beckley businesses appear to be related, Beckley Police Department officials said Wednesday.

Sgt. Dave Allard reported that around 3 a.m. Saturday, an unknown person threw a rock through the window of the Rent-A-Center located at Beckley Crossing.

Two display televisions were damaged by the rock; the suspect stole a 60-inch television that was on display.

Around the same time Sunday morning, Allard said, a suspect threw a rock through the display window of Aaron’s Lease-to-Own at Beckley Plaza and stole a 51-inch flatscreen television that was on display.

“We do believe this is most likely connected to an incident several months ago at Schewel’s Furniture, where somebody smashed a window and stole some television sets from there, as well,” added Allard.

“I would say (the suspects) are selling the TVs or trading the TVs, most likely to support a drug habit.”

Police obtained surveillance video of both thefts and are investigating the incidents, said Allard.

Anyone with information may contact Crime Stoppers at 304-255-STOP or Allard at 304-256-1727.

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