Mercer Sheriff's Department blotter

June 15

THEFT FROM VEHICLE: At approximately 10:21 a.m., Deputy C.K. Lester was dispatched to White Oak Drive, where a resident reported an incident of vehicle vandalism. When the officer arrived, the complainant reported she was staying with her mother when she noticed someone turned over some trash at approximately 10 a.m. As she investigated, the complainant reported she noticed three cars had been ransacked. The first reported was a 2003 green Chevy Trailblazer. She advised a blue HP laptop, as well as the vehicle title, registration and insurance cards were missing from that vehicle. The second vehicle was a blue 2004 Nissan Quest van, a Bluetooth cigarette lighter plug, identification, registration and insurance cards were missing from that vehicle. The third vehicle was a blue 1999 Nissan Altima. The rearview mirror was allegedly damaged, and various clothing and toys were reported missing from that car. A gold Kate Spade bag and a brown Michael Kors purse were reported missing, along with the title, registration, and insurance cards. Various items were also allegedly thrown from each of the vehicles.

According to the complainant, all of the vehicles were allegedly locked. She advised that the rear hatch on the Trailblazer would not latch.

Lester advised there were no suspects, as of the last report.

BREAKING AND ENTERING, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY: A complainant contacted the Sheriff’s Department to report the shop building outside his home was broken into on Saturday evening, June 9, around 4 p.m. At that time, everything at the scene appeared present and secure. On Tuesday, June 12, the complainant reported noticing the window to the shop had been broken.

Since the complainant is confined to a wheelchair and there are six steps to the door of the building, he advised he was unable to determine if anything had been taken from the building.

On June 14, the complainant reported he had someone assist him and determined his DeWalt Plainer, which was new and in the box, and a Porter-Cable biscuit joiner, new and in the box, were missing. The suspect also allegedly attempted to take a Porter-Cable table saw, but was unable to do so.

The complainant advised that while he and a friend were boarding up the broken window, they saw an older-model truck come by them on two occasions.

Lester reported there were no suspects in the breaking-and-entering case, as of last report.

DUI: Deputy M.T. Hatfield was patrolling the Courthouse Road area when he reported seeing a Nissan Altima traveling northbound at 56 mph in a 45 mph zone. The officer turned his vehicle around and followed the suspect. During the traffic stop investigation, Hatfield reported advising the male driver of his identity.

Moments later, Mercer Control informed Hatfield that the driver’s license had been revoked for DUI and that the driver, Kevin Justice, 24, of Princeton, had two active DUI charges pending. The officer asked Justice if he was aware his license was revoked, and the driver allegedly asked he was and that he had consumed two large cans of Bud Light. The driver allegedly consented to field-sobriety testing and exited the vehicle.

Justice reportedly showed impairment on multiple portions of the testing and provided a breath sample for a preliminary breath test that yielded a blood-alcohol content result of 0.113 percent. At that point, Hatfield arrested Justice on a charge of DUI and transported him to Mercer County Sheriff’s Department, where he was observed for 20 minutes and was read his implied consent form, which outlined the charge and his rights.

Justice reportedly complied and signed, submitting to a secondary chemical test to determine again his BAC. After the second breath sample, Justice’s BAC was reported at 0.126 percent, and he was transported to Bluefield City Jail to await arraignment on the DUI charge. Since he had already been charged with DUI previously, this offense was recorded as a second offense.

June 17

BURGLARY: Cpl. M.S. Horn responded to a burglary complaint on Poetown Road, in the Bluewell area. Mercer Control advised that one of the items taken was an iPad, which would allow the complainants to track it, if it went online after it was stolen. While Horn was en route to Bluewell from Princeton, he contacted Mercer Control and asked dispatchers to get in touch with complainants and ask them to continue working on trying to track the electronics while he was on his way from the Princeton area.

When Horn arrived, the complainant’s husband showed him that the suspect(s) made entry through a back porch window that was open, but had a screen that was allegedly removed by force, breaking it. Once the window portion of the door was removed, the suspect(s) entered the living room area, where the iPad Pro was located, with a Smart Keyboard. The suspect(s) then proceeded into the master bedroom area, where a Surface Tablet and a Taurus Judge revolver were taken, along with a 9 mm handgun and a Single Shot Breakdown .410 firearm. The items with a serial number were entered into the National Crime Information Center database.

Horn reported that there was no physical evidence available at the home to be collected, or any video evidence of the residence. The officer was later contacted by a witness who reported seeing a tan or beige S-10 pickup truck with a male and female inside leaving the driveway at approximately 9:30 a.m. The witness provided a registration number, which was returned to a GMC pickup Sonoma pickup truck, but Horn reported it has the same body style as the one the witness described. He requested the case be forwarded to the detective bureau for follow-up investigation.

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