Three people were arrested early Monday morning when Beckley Police responded to a report of a possible breaking and entering in progress near Quarry Street.

According to a press release from Capt. G.W. Tanner, chief of detectives, Cpl. J.R. Brown and Patrolman A.T. Neason, at the 200 block of North Pike Street, found 33-year-old David Schmelter, 19-year-old Lamar Palmer and a 16-year-old juvenile male, all of Beckley, dressed in all black, matching the suspects’ description.

Schmelter was found carrying a bottle of prescription medicine belonging to a Quarry Street resident whose car the men allegedly gained entry into by breaking a window.

Tanner said the juvenile was carrying a backpack containing a radio and scanner, cash, coins and other items stolen from the vehicle as well as marijuana and other items whose owner police have yet to identify.

All three were arrested and charged with one count of breaking and entering into an automobile and receiving stolen property. Additionally, Schmelter was charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, Palmer was charged with possession of marijuana, and the juvenile was charged on an unrelated warrant.

Schmelter and Palmer were transported to Southern Regional Jail and the juvenile was taken to Sam Spadaro Juvenile Detention Center in Princeton. Schmelter’s bond is $5,000 and Palmer’s is $2,500.

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