Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 11, 2013

Police nab burglary suspect

No longer at large, extradition hearing scheduled for Harold

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLAND, Va. — A Mercer County man who was wanted in connection with a two-state burglary ring was captured on I-77 Saturday and is tentatively scheduled to appear in Bland County Circuit Court today for an extradition hearing.

Jocoby Harold, 31, of Bluefield, was apprehended on I-77 in Bland County, Va., Saturday afternoon by a Bland County sheriff’s deputy. The Bland County deputy was off duty on Sunday, but Deputy D.A. Furches of the Mercer County said that the deputy contacted him to ask if Mercer County would extradite Harold on the charges.

“I told him that we would extradite,” Furches said. “I understand that he will appear in court (today) before a Bland County Circuit Court judge and either waive extradition, or fight it. Either way, we’ll proceed from there.”

Harold and two other men — Kevin Lipscomb, 26, of Pinch, and Stephen Lester, 24, of Bluefield — are suspects in a two-state burglary ring that police believe includes burglaries in Tazewell County, Va., along with Mercer and Raleigh counties, and involved traveling to a Wythe County, Va., business, Cash for Gold in Wytheville, Va., to obtain cash for some of the items taken during the crimes.

Mercer County sheriff’s deputies caught a break in the investigation when Lipscomb and Lester attempted to exchange some of the property for cash at a Bluefield business, The Bronze Look II. An alert Bronze Look employee recognized the stolen property from a description Furches had circulated, and contacted the Sheriff’s Department about the attempt to sell the property.

After making the initial arrest, Furches learned of the Wythe County connection and worked with investigators from the Wytheville Police Department to recover several items. The Wytheville police investigators brought several items of the suspected stolen personal property to Princeton on Friday for victims to identify.

Furches expressed his appreciation to all area law enforcement officers for their assistance of this ongoing investigation.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com쳌