Guitar found from Micco church break-in

By Owen Wells - [email protected]


LOGAN, W.Va. — An arrest has been made in the case of church burglary at Micco, W.Va.

On Oct. 28, 2016, The Logan Banner reported the story of a burglar at Hillcrest Freewill Baptist Church at Micco.

The burglary reportedly took place some time after church services held during the evening Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 and Sunday morning services.

The perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime reportedly forced a door open to gain entry into the church house pillaging five guitars, several hundred dollars in cash constituting the church’s building fund and personal belongings of pastor Bob Nelson.

Lyle Bradford, a member of the church reports the West Virginia State Police are currently investigating the issue.

Bradford urged people to be on the lookout for the following guitars:

— Acoustic Morgan Monroe M25-FE guitar

— Electric White Fender Prodigy bass

— Acoustic Martin D35 guitar

— Acoustic Fender California flattop guitar

The Morgan Monroe guitar is reportedly very rare, and at the time, Bradford noted, “The rarity of the guitar should make it hard to get rid of. I think it might help us find all of the stolen property.”

It seems Bradford’s words prophetic — the Morgan Monroe guitar ended up being the key to the solving at least part of the mystery surrounding the robbery.

Trooper S.P. Bowling, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he was able to record a statement with someone who purchased the Morgan Monroe guitar.

The buyer explained the seller noted the guitar was stolen during the transaction.

Melvin Berry, 25, of Logan, was arrested for selling the stolen guitar for $1,000.

Berry was charged with receiving or transferring stolen property.

Berry’s bond was set to $2,500 in Logan County Magistrate Court.


By Owen Wells

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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]

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