by BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
A Mercer County father and son along with a McDowell County woman were allegedly caught in the act of stealing metal from an industrial property in McDowell County and arrested on multiple charges, according to Cpl. B.J. Garretson of the Welch Detachment, West Virginia State Police.
“We received a tip at about 10 p.m. (Wednesday night) that people were on an industrial property in Vivian where they were removing metal,” Garretson said. “Myself and Trooper J.R. Coburn drove to the location and went up a gas well access road where we came upon McDowell County Sheriff’s Deputy T.E. Vineyard who had made a traffic stop on a pickup truck that fit the description of the blue Chevy S-10 pickup truck that we were looking for.”
Garretson said that, after talking with the driver, Heather Leann Burbett, 28, of Kimball, “she broke down and told us that she was driving up and down the road, waiting for her boyfriend and his son to come out of the woods with the metal,” he said. Garretson said that Deputy M.D. Purtee and his K-9 partner, Titan, joined the search for the two suspects.
“Titan hit on a track and led us right to the two suspects,” Garretson said.
Police arrested Tommy Lee Cordle, 39, of Mercer County and his son, Jonathan Lee Cordle, 20, of Princeton on charges of breaking and entering into something other than a building, conspiracy to commit a felony, petit larceny and six counts each of obstructing. Burbett was charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and petit larceny. All three appeared for their arraignment before McDowell County Magistrate Steve Cox who set Burbett’s bond at $10,000 and both Tommy and Jonathan Cordle’s bonds at $20,000.