Arrest made in AEP theft

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com and Martha Sparks msparks@civitasmedia.com

March 25, 2014

West Virginia State Police recently took a complaint from American Electric Power (AEP) regarding a theft in the community of Accoville on March 6.

When he arrived at the scene, the officer met with AEP employee Ed Jefferies, who told him the Accoville Substation had been broken into and several things stolen, including 40 foot of copper, 33 brass connectors, four gate grounds, two switch ground traps, two 69 KV SC fuses and a lock, all of which were valued at $2,140.

During his investigation, the officer learned from a witness that Justin Bib Bailey, 28, of Man, had been staying at his home and had brought several items from the substation to his residence.

The officer was able to confirm with Mr. Jefferies that several items found at the witness’ residence were from the AEP substation. In addition, the officer was able to obtain several receipts from Vance Recycling for brass and copper items Bailey had brought in.

Officers reportedly obtained a audio recorded confession from Bailey in which he admitted to breaking into the substation with the help of Gabriel Lee Justice, 35, of Amherstdale. Warrants were issued for arrest of Jutice.

Bailey was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy. His bond was set at $25,000.

On March 20, Justice was located traveling along WV Co. Rt. 16 on an ATV and a traffic stop was made. Officers were advised by WVSP Communications that Justice’s operators were suspended for unpaid citations. Justice was charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny, conspiracy, driving suspended/revoked non DUI, operating ATV on centerline roadway and no helmet. His bail was set at $25,000.

— The arrests listed above was taken from criminal complaints filed in the Magistrate Court of Logan County. The complaint is public information and is not an indication of guilt. Defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.