WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Officers with the Williamson City Police Department are investigating an incident which took place over the Easter holiday weekend.
According to Lt. G.P. Dotson windows to several businesses and a private vehicle were broken out during the early morning hours on Saturday.
“Within 30 minutes of getting the call, I and Patrolman J. Marcum were able to identify the suspects and obtain statements to help with our investigation,” said Lt. Dotson.
Lt. Dotson said the department does have the names of the suspects involved and are in the process of obtaining the proper paperwork to make the arrests. Dotson is being assisted in the investigation by Patrolman J. Marcum.
The four suspects in the case, reportedly two juveniles and two adults used bricks to throw through the windows of the businesses and the RV (recreation vehicle).
The businesses vandalized during the crime spree were Hurley Drug Store, Jeff Simpkins Law Office, Living Waters Church and Daycare, an attempt to break the window at City Liquor was unsuccessful due to the protective cage over the glass store front, however, the owner of the business was contacted and advised if any damage to the structure was found to let the officers know. Dotson said there is a possibility the vandals also made an attempt to break the windows at the Department of Health and Human Services, however, due to the holiday, officers have been unable to get in touch with maintenance personnal at the building.
The owner of the RV, which sat in a parking lot in town was not identified.
Dotson said, “Although our department is shorthanded due to the recent layoffs, we want the residents and business owners in the city to know they will not go without the quality of police protection they are accustomed to.”
With warmer weather and a high numbers of trail riders and tourists coming into in the area, the restaurants and bars are seeing a higher volume of business and therefore the police department will be seeing a higher number of calls, especially with the reopening of two bars in the city.
Dotson said he hopes visitors to the area are not turned away by incidents such as the one over the weekend, he also hopes the two officers who were laid off can be reinstated shortly.
City officials laid off two police officers, one firefighter and two part-time employees earlier this month in an effort to save the city money, citing budget problems due to a downturn in the local economy.
The Williamson Daily News will update this story when the arrests are made.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News, she can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.