CHARLESTON, W.Va. — More than a dozen individuals are facing theft-related charges after a three-county warrant sweep centering around the Sissonville area on Monday.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, West Virginia State Police, and U.S. Marshal Service’s CUFFED Task Force made the announcement of the sweep Monday afternoon in Charleston following their investigation into Ervin “Tubby” Page and his associates.
“Nine subjects were arrested in Kanawha County, four were in Jackson County,” Kanawha County Sheriff Mike Rutherford told the media.
“The majority of those arrests were from the Sissonville area of Kanawha County. All of these individuals are alleged associates of each other.”
Page, 50 of Charleston and alleged leader of the property crime ring, is facing two counts of felony transferring/receiving stolen property, one count of burglary, and one count of receiving/transferring stolen vehicle.
Rutherford said property stolen in the three counties totaled more than $250,000 including $25,000 worth of hand tools, five ATVs, two side-by-side vehicles, one Toyota recreational vehicle, and a rare 1969 Ford Torino worth approximately $125,000.
Jackson County Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger was affected personally by the thefts, as he said Monday his ATV was stolen.
He said the teamwork displayed in this operation will help in future cases.
“I think when people come together in an aspect such as this, it helps reaffirm, re-establish and rehabilitate some of the relationships between the folks in the rural areas of these counties,” Mellinger said.
Rutherford said the investigation in this theft ring began over two months ago.
The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said the Neighborhood Watch groups and anonymous tips were crucial in providing information that helped detectives learn about crimes, how stolen property was being transported, and associating suspects to one another.
“These troopers along with all of these agencies have worked tirelessly to return some sort of safety to their communities, ” State Police spokesperson Cpt. Shallon Oglesby said on Monday.
Rutherford said while a lot of the stolen property has been recovered and brought back to the rightful owner, there are recovered items that have not been picked up by an owner.
Law enforcement officials said anyone that is looking for something that is missing or has more information about the recent sting to give any local law enforcement agencies of the WVSP a call.
“This is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement agencies put aside self-promotion and work for the betterment of all of our citizens,” Rutherford said.
The following is the list of arrests made and charges faced provided by the news release:
Jimmy “Jim Bob” Dean Holcomb, 37 of Kenna, three counts of Breaking and Entering, one count of Burglary, two counts of Grand Larceny, one count of Assault during the commission of a felony, one count of Conspire to commit a felony, and one count of petit larceny.
Roy Arles Phillips, 21 of Sissonville, one count of receive/transfer stolen vehicle felony
Adam Wayne Moore, 29 of Charleston, one count of felony transferring/receiving stolen property
Samuel Dylen Harvey, 23 of Charleston, five counts of Breaking and Entering, four counts of Grand Larceny, two counts of Conspire to commit a felony, one count of D.O.P. Felony, one count of Burglary, two counts of Petit Larceny
Zachary Shreve, 23 of Charleston, one count of misdemeanor Trans/Rec stolen property
Bobby Joe Davis, arrested by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, one count of breaking and entering, one count of grand larceny
Racheal M. Maynard, arrested by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Capias Jackson County.
Roy Austin Phillips, 19, one Misdemeanor count of Obstructing an Officer
Melvin Page, arrested by Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, outstanding warrant through Kanawha County for Battery
Thayer Winnell, 34 of Kenna, Capias for traffic offenses and obstructing an officer
Timothy S. Jett, 39 of Pigeon, Circuit Court Capias for Grand Larceny
The following two people were already in jail on other charges. Warrants for the following charges were served related to this case on Monday morning:
Kendrick David Summers, 29 of Charleston, two counts Burglary, six counts Breaking and Entering, four counts Grand Larceny, one count Arson 3rd degree, one count Transferring or receiving a stolen vehicle, one count of Felony Transferring or receiving stolen property, three counts conspire to commit a felony, one count petit larceny
Zackory Tyler Spradling, 19 of Charleston, five counts Breaking and entering, 2 counts Burglary, 3 counts Grand larceny, 3 counts Petit larceny, 2 counts Conspire to commit a felony, 1 count Misdemeanor destruction of property
There was one woman from Putnam County that was wanted but not taken into custody as of Monday afternoon. The majority arrested on Monday, as early as 4 a.m., were transported to South Central Regional Jail as some were out on bond as of Monday afternoon.