Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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May 10, 2014

Multiple police departments cooperate to identify suspects in campus thefts

BLUEFIELD — Two individuals suspected of stealing credit cards and other items this week from offices at Bluefield State College were identified Friday by a Virginia sheriff’s office investigating a similar case.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office identified two individuals seen on security cameras at the Bluefield State College campus as William Moore, no age available, and Matthew Beaty, no age available, both of Tennessee, according to Jim Nelson, a spokesperson for Bluefield State.

Students and faculty were alerted after two male individuals allegedly entered an office in the physical education building and took credit cards and a state of West Virginia purchasing card. They also visited Conley Hall, where they said they were looking for the college’s president, and Hatter Hall on the east end of the campus. It was later reported that items there were either disturbed or missing.

Investigators later learned that the same individuals were seen Wednesday at Wytheville Community College before the incident at Bluefield State, Nelson said.  

Chief Eddie Williams of Wytheville Community College’s police department said the male subjects had been seen on the campus, but there were no reports of anything being stolen. The fact there were many people on the campus that day may have deterred any thefts.

Office of Public Safety Officer S.N. Ballard at Bluefield State contacted Williams, who in turn reached out to Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies, Nelson said. Investigators in Pulaski County have been handling a similar case. The two individuals have also been seen at Radford University and Roanoke College.

The Salem Police Department in Salem, Va., the Christiansburg Police Department, the Radford University Police Department, Roanoke College Public Safety Office, the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, the BSC Office of Public Safety, and Bluefield Police Department have worked on the case.

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