OMAR – Two arrests were made Wednesday, Jan. 13 for an armed robbery that occurred Monday, at the One Stop in Omar that led to a breakthrough for local law enforcement agencies in two recent Mingo County robbery investigations.
A press release from the Logan County Sheriff’s Department states that authorities arrested Steven “Pig” Wolford, 36 from Gilbert, and Wesley Eugene Mitchem, 18 from Delbarton, in connection to the robbery in Omar.
The press release explains that “Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies were able to obtain physical evidence of the crime to include the recovery of the weapon used by Wolford and Mitchem during the robbery at the Omar One Stop. As a result of this investigation, possible arrests in Mingo County will be forthcoming in other crimes.”
The arrests of Wolford and Mitchem enabled law enforcement to make another arrest in connection to ongoing investigations with other robberies in the area.
The West Virginia State Police (WVSP) states that Steven Thomasson has been charged with two armed robberies that occurred at Chapman’s Grocery store in Gilbert and the Miner Mart in Taylorville. Thomasson has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, armed robbery, conspiracy and kidnapping.
Mitchem and Wolford have also been charged with the robberies in Gilbert and Taylorville. However, Thomasson has not been charged in connection with the robbery that occurred Monday at the Omar One Stop.
Sheriff Sonya Dingess Porter of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department states, “The investigation was a team effort, not only within the Logan Sheriff’s Department but with the WVSP, Mingo County Sheriff’s Department and the Gilbert Police Department. The Logan County Sheriff’s Office very much appreciated the combined cooperation between law enforcement agencies as well as assistance from the public which resulted in the quick arrests of these two suspects.”
Cpl. Norman Mines with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department also expressed appreciation with the assistance from other law enforcement agencies. “We appreciate their help,” Mines said.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)