Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Police Blotter

March 31, 2013

Mercer County Sheriff's Department — March 21-25, 2013

Mercer Sheriff

March 21

UNLAWFUL USE OF A CREDIT CARD; PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported her debit card had been stolen from her residence and used at several locations in Mercer County and Giles County, Va.

LEAVING THE SCENE (PROPERTY DAMAGE): A male subject reported that several mailboxes were damaged on Mount Horeb Road. Chief Dep. D.B. Bailey noted the damage appeared to have been done by a car that had left the scene. The officer also noted the roadways were snow and ice covered at the time.

ENTERING WITHOUT BREAKING; PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported her wallet containing other items had been stolen from her unlocked vehicle on Landonwood Street near Princeton.

BREAKING AND ENTERING TO AN AUTO; PETIT LARCENY: A female subject reported items were missing from her vehicle while it had been parked near the Mercer Mall entrance at Macado's.

FOUND PROPERTY: A male subject reported locating a pressure washer behind a rock while hunting.

March 22

FORGERY; UTTERING; GRAND LARCENY; CONSPIRE TO COMMIT A FELONY: A male subject reported several unauthorized transactions on his bank statement.

BURGLARY; GRAND LARCENY: Dep. J.D. Ellison learned items were missing from a home on Old Pisgah Road. The officer along with Sgt. S.J. Cary, and Sheriff D.B. Meadows located the vehicle allegedly involved in the crime. The owner of the vehicle provided information to the officers about male subject allegedly involved in the crime. Later, the officers located the male subject and placed him under arrest. The officers allegedly located multiple pieces of jewelry on his person and drug paraphernalia on his person. The officers noted the male was cooperative in identifying the stolen items. The male allegedly confessed to the crime after being transported to the sheriff's department. Another male subject advised the officers that the female owner of the vehicle had been involved in the crimes as well and had taken the merchandise to local pawn shops. Jeffrey Tait, 28, of Princeton, and Lori Rush, 36, of Bluefield, was arrested.

BODY ATTACHMENT; VIOLATION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ORDER OF PROTECTION: Richard Underwood, 46, of Princeton, was located and arrested on warrants.

March 25

ESCAPE; ASSAULT ON AN OFFICER; DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY; ATTEMPTED ESCAPE: After a hearing a court bailiff attempted to escort a male and female prisoner back to the holding area of the Mercer County Courthouse.  The male subject allegedly attempted to escape by gaining distance between himself and the court officer. Allegedly, the male subject attempted to flee by opening a set of time-activated courthouse doors but was unsuccessful. The bailiff regained control and transported the subject to the holding area. While the bailiff attempted to unlock the cell, the male subject allegedly attempted to escape again by elbowing the bailiff. The bailiff regained control of the situation and was assisted by Chief Dep. D.B. Bailey. The officers detained and strip searched the male subject and learned he had broken his shackles. The officers discovered that the male subject was wearing two and three pairs of socks and believe the escape to be planned. Later, the male subject attempted to escape while being loaded into the van to be transported to the Southern Regional Jail. Allegedly, the male elbowed the a corrections officer in the face and escaped from custody. Officer J. Centeno later located the subject and detained him. Allegedly, the male subject struck that officer as well. Jeffrey Tait, 28, of Princeton, was detained and transported back to the Southern Regional Jail.

March 26

GRAND LARCENY; ENTERING WITHOUT BREAKING: A manager with Carter Machinery reported several items had been stolen from the business. Warrants are pending.


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