Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 14, 2013

Police recover stolen vehicle, make arrest

HENSLEY — A two-week-long investigation came to a successful conclusion last weekend, when a trooper with the Princeton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police recovered a stolen vehicle and arrested the man suspected in the case.

Michael Hoops, 28, of Mercer County, was arrested after attempting to trade a vehicle he allegedly stole from a Hensley resident about two weeks earlier, according to Trooper C.A. Dunn of the Welch Detachment, West Virginia State Police.

“After taking the report of the theft of a 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse, I entered it into the NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database,” Dunn said. “When the person who received the vehicle from Hoops tried to get a title fro the vehicle, the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) flagged it and contacted the Princeton Detachment.”

Dunn said that Trooper W.H. File of the Princeton Detachment recovered the vehicle Friday evening and arrested Hoops. File could not be reached Sunday night for additional comment.

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