LOGAN — In the early morning hours of June 8, Trooper First Class C.S. Maynard and Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the West Virginia State Police, where dispatched to a commercial alarm going on off at Jersey’s II — the “vape shop” in West Logan.
Maynard and Hannon report, as the approached the building, they were able to observe a male suspect inside of the store, but Maynard and Hannon further report the suspect fled out of the rear entrance before they could make contact. Upon pursuit, law enforcement was unable to locate the suspect.
After a review of in-store security footage, Maynard and Hannon learned that two suspects could have been involved in the robbery and began to search the immediate area around the store for further evidence. By 9 a.m., Maynard and Hannon report they were able to locate a bag of tools believed to be used in the break-in along Old Logan Road.
In the same area as the tools, a male suspect was found lying in a hole leading troopers to believe that he was attempting to hide. Upon making contact with the suspect, James Snow, 45, of Ashford, W.Va., Snow allegedly admitted that he and his brother had been involved in the break-in at Jersey’s II. Snow is reported to have further alleged that he only stood guard while his brother made entry into the building.
Maynard and Hannon further report that Snow stated he was to receive a portion of any money stolen from the business and that he was fully aware they were traveling to Logan County to commit a crime. Snow was also reportedly able to provide details of the break-in that would not be known by a person without direct knowledge of the crime.
Snow is charged with being an accessory before the fact for the crime of breaking and entering, and if he found guilty, he could be forced to serve between two and 10 years in a state correctional facility. Bond was set to $10,000.
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