Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 19, 2014

Gary man arrested on burglary charges after caught on deer camera

GARY — A McDowell County man who appeared in magistrate court Friday to answer a charge of stealing city water services, was arrested on five counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny on charges unrelated to the water theft.

Gregory Lamont Rushing, 38, of Gary, was arrested Friday by Gary Police Chief S.P. McKinney while Rushing was appearing before McDowell County Magistrate Danny Mitchell on a charge that he used a stolen meter to steal water from the town of Gary after his water service had been disconnected because of failure to pay fees.

“The primary evidence in the burglary and grand larceny charges is from a series of photographs taken with a deer camera,” McKinney said.

McKinney explained that the residents had suspected Rushing of prior thefts at their residence. “I told them that there wasn’t any hard evidence that would connect him to the prior burglaries,” McKinney said. “I told them that nothing less than photographs of him caught in the act could make a case against him.”

According to McKinney, the residents purchased and installed a deer camera at the front entrance to their home. “They got pictures of the suspect entering the home on five separate times,” McKinney said.

In addition to the burglary and grand larceny charges, McKinney arrested Rushing on an additional charge of stealing water from the city of Gary in early April by using a pipe-jumper. “He was also charged with striking highway fixtures after he knocked down the fence at Gary City Hall,” McKinney said.

Mitchell set Rushing’s bond at $25,000. He was being held Friday evening at the McDowell County holding facility.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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