Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 24, 2014

Two cuffed, three at large

Police return stolen vehicle to owner

BLUEFIELD — Bond was revoked on Saturday and a Mercer County man who was awaiting sentencing on a 2013 car theft case has been arrested on another similar charge, while his partner, as well as two other suspects, remained at large Sunday night on a series of thefts from vehicles in Bluefield.

“I thought I recognized William Knight from the way he was walking in a video we had of him and another subject entering the Walmart in Bluefield, Va., after the two subjects had stolen a 2007 Honda Civic on Feb. 8, from a Walton Avenue resident,” Patrolman K.L. Adams of the Bluefield Police Department said. “I knew he was scheduled to be in court on Thursday (Feb. 20) on a separate charge involving the June 8, 2013 theft of a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup from College Avenue that was investigated by Patrolman A.L. Crook.”

According to Adams, Mercer County Circuit Court Judge Omar Aboulhosn scheduled Knight, 25, of Penmar Avenue in Bluefield to be sentenced in April, and ordered him detained on home confinement.

“Since he was on home confinement, I could go to his residence with the federal probation officer and search it,” Adams said. “When I got there, I found clothing that appeared to be the same as the clothing both suspects were wearing in the Walmart surveillance video. When I placed Mr. Knight under arrest, he told me that Carl Reimche, 22, and his wife, Joyce Reimche, 32, had been involved.”

Adams said that after he secured Mr. Knight, he went to a residence on Toledo Street where Joyce Reimche’s mother resided. “Myself and Patrolman N.J.W. Allen Jr. and Bluefield K-9 officer went to the residence,” Adams said. “One male suspect ran out the back of the house, but before I could pursue the suspect, a pit bull was somehow released from the house. We contacted our animal control officer, and Patrolman Allen had to deal with the pit bull. When I searched the residence, I discovered Joyce Reimche hiding in a closet and placed her under arrest,” Adams said.

Based on information he obtained Saturday night from Knight, he developed two additional suspects, Steven McKinney, 19, of Bluefield and a 17-year-old male. As a result of Knight’s statement, he was able to recover the Civic from Leisure Lane in Midway. “The girl who it was stolen from was happy to get it back,” Adams said.

“Knight confessed to stealing the Ford Escape that was stolen from Jefferson Street on Feb. 9,” Adams said. That vehicle was discovered the same day over a steep embankment off of Ada Road. Adams said he also recovered the XBox that was purchased with a credit card stolen from the Civic. “We also recovered a Coach purse,” Adams said. Police are still searching for Carl Reimche, Steven McKinney and the juvenile, and the case remains under investigation.

“Several Bluefield police officers and others assisted with this investigation,” Adams said.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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