CHAPMANVILLE, W.VA. — A former firefighter from Pecks Mill, W.Va. was arrested recently for the alleged theft of equipment from the Chapmanville Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD).
CVFD Chief Tommy Perry reportedly contacted Lt. D.A. Browning, with the Chapmanville Police Department concerning the theft of several saws.
Perry reportedly informed Browning the CVFD was missing four Stihl chainsaws as well as Stihl and Chicago concrete saws.
During his interview with Perry, Browning reports Perry noted Joshua Akers, 35, of Pecks Mill, had recently quit the CVFD.
After being contacted by Browning, Akers allegedly admitted he had taken the saws and pawned them at Big Eagle Gun and Pawn in Chapmanville.
Browning was reportedly able to check with the store who informed him Akers had recently pawned several items including the saws.
The store was reportedly able to provide Browning with all of the pawn tickets that Akers had signed.
The total value of the items allegedly pawned by Akers is reported to be $2,000.
Akers is charged with a felony count of grand larceny and five misdemeanor counts of receiving or transferring stolen property.
If he is found guilty on all counts, Akers could be forced to spend between six and 15 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $15,000 in fines.
Bond was set to $5,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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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]