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UPDATE: Three Charged with Car Lot Robbery Returned to Cabell County

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By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 11/13/13 @ 1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three men accused of robbing a used car lot in Cabell County have been returned to Cabell county to face charges.

Michael Terrell Thomas, 37, of Ponchatoula, La., Clifton Wayne Thoma, 34, of Ponchatoula, La., and Joseph Daniel Jackson, 36, of Kentwood, La. were booked into the Western Regional Jail on Tuesday.

Investigators say the men robbed Route 60 Used Cars in Cabell County on November 6. They were caught a short time after the robbery in Proctorville, Ohio.

According to the criminal complaint, Michael Thomas distracted a salesman, by pretending to be interested in a car, while Clifton Thomas stole an envelope from the salesman’s’ briefcase that contained $7,870.

The three men then fled the scene in a car heading west on Route 60.

Minutes later, a Cabell County Sheriff's Deputy spotted the car, and tried to initiate a traffic stop. Instead the driver kept going, crossing the 31st Street Bridge into Proctorville, Ohio where it was stopped by law enforcement. The three men in the car were arrested.

All three men are charged with grand larceny and conspiracy.

They are being held in the Western Regional Jail.



UPDATE 11/7/13 @ 10:30 a.m.
LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Three men accused of robbing a used car lot in Cabell County will be in court Lawrence County, Ohio on Friday.

Michael Terrell Thomas, Clifton Wayne Thomas, and Joseph Daniel Jackson face charges in both Cabell and Lawrence Counties.

Investigators say the men robbed Route 60 Used Cars Wednesday afternoon.

Cabell County Chief Deputy Doug Ferguson tells WSAZ.com that while one of the men distracted the owner by pretending to be interested in a car, the two other men searched the office and found a money bag that contained $7000 in cash.

Authorities say the men did not get far after leaving the car lot. Minutes later they were caught in Proctorville, Ohio.

They are being held in Lawrence County on fugitive from justice charges and will be in Lawrence County Municipal Court on that charge Friday morning.

The men are also charged with grand larceny and fleeing in Cabell County.

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UPDATE 11/6/13 @ 5:30 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - Three men were looking for more than just a good deal on a car when they walked into a used car lot Wednesday afternoon.

Close to $7000 in cash was stolen from Route 60 Used Cars about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to Doug Ferguson with the Cabell County Sheriff's Office. The car lot is in the 3400-block of Route 60.

Ferguson tells WSAZ.com that one man walked in, pretending to be interested in a car and distracted the owner, while the other two men searched the office and found the money bag, filled with cash.

Ferguson says this seems to be an odd crime of opportunity. "Obviously it seems very odd, a used car lot, to go in the subjects out of town an locate a bank bag yet to be deposited in the bank with a substantial amount if cash in it".

The men then got into a car and took off heading west on Route 60.

They were caught just a few minutes later in Proctorville, Ohio.

Michael Terrell Thomas, Clifton Wayne Thomas, and Joseph Daniel Jackson are facing charges in connection with the robbery, including grand larceny and fleeing.

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ORIGINAL STORY 11/6/13 @ 12:05 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The suspects believed to be involved in a robbery at a used car lot in Cabell County have been caught in Ohio.

Cabell 911 Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com the robbery happened around 12:40 at Route 60 Used Cars, in the 3400-block of Route 60.

Dispatchers say two men were involved in the robbery and got away with cash.

They confirm with WSAZ the suspects were caught along Route 7 in Lawrence County, Ohio, shortly before 1 p.m.

A weapon was not used in the robbery.

No other information is being released at this time.

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