Reward offered for information on vandals


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



HOLDEN, W.Va. — A Logan County man is prepared to offer a reward for information leading to the arrest of vandals who have repeatedly damaged his property.

Hershel Berry recently contacted the Logan Banner saying his former business, Mountaineer Machine, has been repeatedly vandalized.

“It just keeps getting worse,” noted Berry.

Berry explained the vandals have been accessing his property for years, but the actions of the perpetrators have recently began to escalate.

Last year, Berry reports a portion of the building was set on fire.

During a tour of the facility, Berry explained every window in the building is busted out, most of the guttering has been removed and vandals have attempted to gain access to the building through every possible entrance.

Berry pointed out the door knobs on each door have been removed forcing him to reinforce the doors from inside.

Each time he visits the property, Berry explained he usually finds something new out of place or new damage.

The former machine shop has heavy machinery in storage on the property.

Berry showed where he believes vandals were using a winch to move pieces of machinery weighing hundreds of pounds.

While showing the Logan Banner around the property, Berry noticed new damage where someone seemingly attempted to remove an air conditioner from the wall in order to gain access to the building.

Berry explained he will pay a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals.

Anyone with information about the vandals who have caused damage to Mountaineer Machine can call the Logan County Sheriff’s Department at 304-792-8590.

By Owen Wells

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