Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 26, 2014

Deputy arrests three in connection with copper thefts

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Deputy Andrew Jarvis of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office was patrolling the Bluefield, Va., Industrial Park on Jan. 22, as part of the sheriff’s office’s efforts to beef up surveillance in the area. At approximately 8:30 p.m., Jarvis conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of Marshall Miller & Associates. The vehicle’s registration was in violation.

Jarvis observed that the three male occupants of the vehicle — Jerry Lucas, 33, of Boissevain, Va.; Jerry Mitchem, 27, of Anawalt; and James Lowmark, 23, of Princeton — were in possession of burglary tools. A subsequent search of the vehicle by a Deputy and K-9 team resulted in the discovery of a small quantity of narcotics.

Jarvis transported the three suspects to the Bluefield, Va., Police Department where Detective Adam Crouse interviewed them. “During the interviews, two of the individuals stated they had broken into Blizzards Inc., and E.I.S. to steal copper."

Lucas and Mitchem were charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit grand larceny, according to Heatley. “Lowmark was charged with conspiracy to commit breaking and entering and conspiracy to commit grand larceny. The case remains under investigation and additional charges are pending.

All three suspects are being held in the Southwest Regional Jail in Tazewell, Va.

For more on this story read Monday’s Daily Telegraph.

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