Suspects arrested in connection with copper theft
by By Kara Van Pelt
WHITESVILLE — Two suspects believed to be responsible for copper theft in the Whitesville area have been arrested, according to the West Virginia State Police, Whitesville detachment.
According to Trooper First Class J.L. Howell, probable cause was developed after an investigation was initiated Tuesday which allowed police to identify the suspects.
Clarence Green, 24, of Shady Spring, and Harley Fraley Jr., 23, of Beckley, were charged with interruption of telephone service, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony after probable cause was developed after working with Bryan Stover of Frontier Communications, police said.
The execution of the crime disrupted phone service to the West Virginia State Police Whitesville Detachment and the community at large for nearly two days, Howell said, adding the estimated cost to repair the phone lines is $25,000.
Further charges may be forthcoming, he said.
Fraley and Green were remanded to Southern Regional Jail as pre-trial felons. Fraley was incarcerated with a bond of $25,000 while Green’s bond had yet to be set.
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