Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 22, 2014

Gun, money stolen from nightclub

PRINCETON — Mercer County sheriff’s deputies initiated an investigation Wednesday night into a breaking and entering at a Mercer County nightclub.

A person or persons unknown entered Cheers on Courthouse Road sometime early Wednesday morning according to Deputy M.S. Horn of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department.

“They gained access from a back door,” Horn said. “The door had a dead bolt lock on it and a K-D bar, but they still gained access. They made entry into the front office and looked through things there. It appeared as though the subjects were in there for some time.”

Horn said that the subjects broke into the safe beneath the bar. “They took a Taurus .38 Special Ultra Lite and some cash from the safe. They also broke into an ATM machine there and got over $2,000. They also got money from a dart machine and a juke box.”

Horn said there was no surveillance video at the bar, but said he and Lt. J.E. Parks went to the Princeton Health Care Center and reviewed their video.

“We could see a vehicle going into the parking lot at about 2:19 a.m. and possibly dropping someone off,” Horn said. “Then at about 3:20 a.m. the vehicle came into the lot again and shown its lights on the back door, then left.”

Horn said that he and Parks dusted for prints in the bar and plan to review the video more.

“One of the managers came to Cheers (Wednesday) afternoon, to check the heating system and found the break-in,” Horn said. “They had put a new fuse in the furnace, and he was checking on it.”

He added that in addition to the handgun, the subjects took $45 from the safe. Horm responded to the call shortly after 4 p.m. and was on the scene until 6:20 p.m. He said the case remains under investigation.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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