By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
An investigation into a Mercer County burglary continued Monday after a sheriff’s department K-9 flushed one of two suspects from woods in the vicinity of Old Athens Road.
The case started early Monday afternoon when a resident saw a home being broken into near the Duncan Subdivision off Duncan Road, according to Lt. Joe Parks of the Mercer County sheriff’s Department.
When Sheriff Don Meadows and Deputy W.E. Rose arrived on the scene, a pair of suspects was spotted. Two male individuals, one wearing a gray hoodie jacket and a second wearing a black hoodie, were burglarizing a house, Parks said.
Rose, the investigating officer, said later that he and Sheriff Meadows received a call about the two individuals and how they had been “chased off” from one residence in the area.
Witnesses had seen the suspects walking up the roadway. Rose said they located the suspects’ car, a gray Mazda, but the vehicle was unoccupied. A check of the vehicle’s registration yielded the owner’s name and an address. Witnesses said the person did not live there anymore, but one of his relatives now had the residence.
The home’s garage door was up approximately a foot. Rose said he looked in and saw a door leading into the house, and was about to slide inside to check it when two male subjects emerged. Rose drew his sidearm and ordered them to stop, but they ran back into the home.
One of the suspects, who stood approximately six feet tall, weighed about 140 pounds, came out the back of the house, Rose said. He was wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt, ball cap, and carrying a black backpack.
This suspect then ran around the house, and Sheriff Meadows saw him go into the woods.
Rose got his dog, Midas, and started tracking with help from Parks.
When they went to the initial caller’s residence, they checked the forest and found the backpack, a 12-gauge shotgun allegedly taken from the second home, and other items along the trail, Rose said. Sheriff Meadows apprehended the suspect when he came out of the woods.
The second suspect was still at large Monday, and the investigation was continuing. Property the two males were taking from the home was recovered.
The first suspect, whose name was not released Monday, was being processed on a charge of burglary.