2017-07-26 / Front Page

Three arrested in connection with recent thefts

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department has charged three individuals in connection with multiple burglaries committed in southern Morgan County late last week.

On Wednesday, July 26, Morgan County Sheriff KC Bohrer arrested Jentry Douglas Meade Jr, 26, of Fountain Terrace, Berkeley Springs and charged him with two counts of burglary, two counts of transferring stolen property and two counts of conspiracy to commit burglary.

Meade is being held at the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

Today, Thursday, July 27, Sheriff Bohrer arrested Justin Hargett, 26, of Berkeley Springs on two counts each of burglary, conspiracy and transferring stolen property. Hargett was arraigned before a Morgan County Magistrate and is being held in lieu of a $15,000 bond.

The arrests were made after investigations into Friday daytime burglaries in southern Morgan County in which suspects stole a John Deere generator, chain saws and a large amount of gold jewelry from homes in the Fish Hatchery Road area.

Assisting in the arrests and investigation were Deputy Luke Shambaugh, Cpl. Scott Lemon, Deputy Dennis Jenkins and Cpl. Sam Smith, West Virginia State Police.

Sheriff Bohrer also arrested David W. Yost, 76 of Berkeley Springs for failure to keep records as required by law (buying jewelry), a felony crime. Yost operates Yost Antiques & Bicycles, a second-hand store on the northern end of downtown Berkeley Springs. He was found in possession of some of the items stolen during the recent burglaries. Yost was released on bond.

“The Sheriff's Department would like to thank the public for all their tips and cooperation in these investigations,” said Bohrer in a press release about the arrests.

He said the burglary investigation is still ongoing.

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