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Three charged in South Hills vehicle break-ins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Three men scouted unlocked car doors to steal valuables from vehicles parked along Knollwood Drive in the South Hills, police say.

Logan Truman, 21, of Charleston; Jacob Allen Curry, 19, of St. Albans; and Christopher Bailey Hall, 18, of Scott Depot, were charged with several counts of auto breaking and entering, Charleston Police Lt. Steve Cooper said Tuesday.

For the past several weeks, the men would wake up early, walk around Knollwood Drive and look for unlocked car doors, Cooper said.

"If one car was locked then they would move on to the next one," he said.

The men took dozens of valuables from unlocked vehicles, including cameras, checkbooks, cash and cellphones. They took valuables from at least 10 vehicles, he said.

Charleston detectives identified the men based on witness descriptions of suspect vehicles. Truman lives along Stone Road in South Hills, near where the thefts took place, Cooper said.

Detectives spoke with the men earlier this month but did not find enough evidence to charge them with a crime. Detectives interviewed the men separately again Oct. 18. They then broke down and admitted to the break-ins, Cooper said.

Charleston police now have a room full of recovered property, he said. Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim is asked to call Charleston Police Detective Duane Fields at 304-348-6480.

Cooper told reporters Tuesday that these types of car break-ins are common and happen in other parts of Charleston. He took the opportunity to remind people to always lock their car doors and never leave valuables inside.

Police arrested Curry and Hall on Monday. They are being held in South Central Regional Jail both in lieu of $10,000 bail. Truman turned himself in to police Tuesday and is awaiting arraignment in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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