West Virginia State Police recently received a call that someone was stealing an Caterpillar excavator from the Eastern Arrow job site in the community of Stowe.
Upon arrival, the officer noticed excavator tracks going up the hillside and could also hear its engine running. The officer located the excavator on the mountain side, approximately three miles from where it had been sitting. They found Robert Pack, 32, of Amherstdale, in the excavator driving along a road up the mountain. The officer observed Pack was wearing gloves and a mask.
Pack told the officer he was going to take the excavator over the mountain and try to get his vehicle, which was stuck. He also told the officer David Maynard, 28, of Amherstdale, had brought him down to the excavator on a yellow four-wheeler and dropped him off, then went back to Pack’s vehicle to wait for him to bring the excavator. According to Pack, the yellow four-wheeler belonged to Kevin Messer, who was also up on the mountain by his vehicle.
The complainant told the officer there was more than $2,500 in damages done to the excavator.
Pack was arrested and charged with grand larceny, destruction of property (felony) and conspiracy (felony).
As the officer was conducting his investigation at the excavator, David Maynard drove up on the yellow four-wheeler. The co-defendant gave the officer a recorded statement that Maynard drove him down to the excavator to commit the alleged crime. Maynard refused to give the officer a statement. Maynard was arrested and charged with conspiracy (felony).
Kevin Shane Messer drove up on a dirt bike as the officer was conducting his investigation. The co-defendant gave the officer a recorded statement that Messer had let him use the four-wheeler to commit the alleged crime. Messer refused to give a statement to the officer. Messer was arrested and charged with conspiracy (felony).