SALEM, W.Va. — Three Salem residents are facing charges in connection to a January burglary and fire at a residence in Salem.

Okey Floyd Jones, 42, is charged with first-degree arson and burglary. Jesse Jeremiah Gray, 29, and Tony Lee Wanstreet, 25, are charged with burglary.

Investigators believe the three entered a residence on Gain Street in Salem on Jan. 23, 2019 with the intent to steal. A family friend stopped at the residence and advised a male subject that she was going to call the police.

The house later caught fire.

Several witnesses said Jones had become nervous police would find fingerprints, and he confessed to investigators that he returned to the residence. The home was severely damaged in the blaze.

During the burglary, all three took part in stealing a wooden hope chest from the residence that contained the owner’s deceased brother’s Purple Heart, Silver Star and American flag, which have not been recovered.

Gray was arrested on March 8. Jones was arrested on March 12. Both were arraigned in Harrison County Magistrate Court and remain in North Central Regional Jail.

The arrest of Wanstreet is pending.

These charges result from a combined effort by WVSFMO investigator R.C. Ayersman and Salem Police Chief Eric Flevaris.

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