6th arrest in Christmas in the Park theft


Stepp

Exactly one year after the June 25, 2014 copper theft from Christmas in the Park, a sixth person was arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court in connection to the crime.

On June 5, Trooper First Class T.D. Boggs was able to obtain an arrest warrant for Jimmy L. Stepp, 31, of Guysville, Ohio. Boggs reports he obtained a statement from a witness who reportedly stated Stepp had admitted to being involved the theft from Christmas in the Park. Boggs reports that the witness also produced several extension cords allegedly bearing the words, “Christmas in the Park,” on the tape in which they were bound.

The criminal complaint states that Stepp allegedly broke into Logan Guyandotte Improvement or Christmas in the Park on June 25, 2014 and stole approximately $15,000 of equipment including copper, outlets and extension cords and in the process caused approximately $20,000 worth of damage.

On Oct. 16, 2014, The Logan Banner reported that Wade Bryant, James Bryant and William York had been charged in connection to theft. Wade Bryant was reportedly arrested after he allegedly bragged to a friend that he was involved in the theft saying there would be, “…no Christmas in the Park….”

On May 8, 2015, The Logan Banner reported that Jamie Noble was the fourth person arrested for the theft, and that a witness had stepped forward to provide Boggs with extension cords and a statement attesting to Noble’s alleged guilt.

On May 22, 2013, The Logan Banner reported that Leigh Brant, 30, of Guysville, Ohio, was the fifth person arrested surrounding the investigation into the June, 2014 copper theft.

Stepp’s, Bryant’s and Noble’s have doubled the pool of defendants in the case; however, charges on five of the six defendants remain active. The case against William York was dismissed to the Grand Jury.

Stepp has been charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny, destruction of property while carrying out a felony, and conspiracy to commit a felony. If Stepp is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend between four and 35 years in a state correctional facility and be forced to pay $12,500 in fines. Stepp’s bond was set to $100,000.

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Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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