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Elkins trio charged with copper theft

June 28, 2013
By John Wickline - Upshur Bureau Chief , The Inter-Mountain

An Elkins trio has been charged with grand larceny after they allegedly tried to remove copper wire from an Upshur County business.

Michael Johnson, 31; Eileen Deshayes, 28; and Gene Herndon, 37, are each facing a felony charge after being apprehended outside of the Frontier property Thursday by the Upshur County Sheriff's Department, according to the complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court.

The value of the copper wire was listed on the complaint at $1,000. The complaint stated that deputies were able to obtain a photograph of the incident, noting that the copper wire was placed in a 2000 Dodge Durango as they attempted to leave the Frontier property.

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Each of the three people are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bond.

Also Thursday, a Buckhannon man was arrested on a drug charge and was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond as of presstime.

Joshua Fredrick Langbein, 22, of 5 Cleveland Ave., is charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, a charge which stemmed from police responding to a report of a shoplifter at the Walmart in Buckhannon in October 2012.

According to the complaint filed in Upshur County Magistrate Court, Buckhannon police officers were dispatched to the store in which Langbein was alleged to have shoplifted. Upon searching Langbein for the alleged stolen items, contraband or weapons, officers discovered marijuana in his pocket, the complaint stated.

Langbein was asked to remove his boots, and the complaint stated that two baggies of powder fell from his ankle area. Officers subsequently found five additional bags of powder, which they allege to be methamphetamine.



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