The Church of Christ on Tracy Vickers Avenue in Chapmanville suffered a break-in July 19. Following a short interaction with law enforcement, two suspects were subsequently arrested on charges of breaking and entering, destruction of property and nighttime burglary.
Patrolman Barry Mynes Jr., with the Chapmanville Police Department, was dispatched by Logan County 911 to the Church of Christ in relation to a possible break-in. A call to the 911 center reportedly stated they witnessed two males loading items from the church into a small Chevrolet. While traveling to Tracy Vickers Avenue, Mynes reports he was contacted again by Logan County 911 with information that the two males had fled the scene and were would be traveling toward Chapmanville.
Mynes reports he made contact with a vehicle matching the description from Logan County 911 near Phico. The driver, Joshua Ryan Parsons, 21 of Stollings reportedly appeared nervous as he advised Mynes that he and his passenger, Zachary Wade Bailey, 21 of Omar, had been at his mother’s house.
While speaking with Parsons and Bailey, Mynes reports he noticed a locked metal file cabinet, computer monitor and cleaning supplies in the backseat of the vehicle. When Parsons was asked about the providence of the items in his backseat, Mynes reports he was advised the items had come from his mother’s house.
Mynes reports that after he continually asked Parsons for the truth, Parsons then advised the items belonged to the Church of Christ on Tracy Vickers Avenue.
Parsons and Bailey were both arrested and charged with the felony counts of breaking and entering, destruction of property and nighttime burglary. If Parsons and Bailey are found guilty on all charges, they could each be forced to spend between three and 35 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,500 in fines. Bond for both Parsons and Bailey was set to $100,000.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]