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UPDATE: Third Suspect Arrested in Brookhaven Burglary, String of Others

By: Rahel Solomon, Brooks Jarosz Email
By: Rahel Solomon, Brooks Jarosz Email
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UPDATE 4/1/13 @ 7 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The third suspect wanted in connection with a burglary in the Brookhaven subdivision in Nitro was arrested Wednesday.

Deputies from the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office arrested Brandon Carter at a motel in Cross Lanes. Carter was with Rebecca Linville at the time.

Both Carter and Linville had warrants out for their arrests. They were both charged with grand larceny for the stolen car.

Carter is also the suspect in the burglary of the Eds RC store on Charleston’s West Side.

Carter’s charges range from grand larceny and burglary to shoplifting a $1.69 cup of coffee.

Linville had warrants outstanding for charges, including failure to appear in court.

“By finding one stolen vehicle, Sgt. Drennan was able to advance a lot of investigations around the county, for the Nitro P.D., for Charleston P.D. and for the Sheriff's Office. as well,” Kanawha County Sheriff's Department Cpl. B.D. Humphreys said.

Several other businesses were burglarized around the same time and in a similar way as Eds RC.

Charleston Police said they are currently investigating whether Carter is the man responsible for those burglaries.



UPDATE 4/1/13 @ 7 p.m.
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Neighbors along Brookhaven Drive in Nitro say the area has always been pretty safe. In fact, so safe that the victim of Friday’s burglary said he rarely locks his doors. His doors were also unlocked Friday when three suspects broke into his home.

But that sense of security and safety in the neighborhood is now changing.

According to Nitro Police, three suspects broke into a home Friday evening in the Brookhaven subdivision.

After the homeowner caught the suspects as they were trying to burglarize the home, he was able to chase them off and provide police with their license plate information.

Police arrested Malesha Grass and Joseph Labuts after the three suspects led police on a foot chase. The third suspect got away.

Neighbors along Brookhaven Drive say the thought of the third suspect on the loose is creating unease.

Reva Morgan said she was forced to put chains around her yard ornaments after hearing the news that her neighbor's home was ransacked.

“I got really worried; we decided we'd make sure everything was locked up,” Morgan said. “This makes you more aware of what's going on now, and you’re more scared that someone is going to break into your house.”

Police say neighbors may soon be able to sleep sound knowing police expect the third arrest within days.



ORIGINAL STORY 3/30/13
NITRO, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A suspect is still on the run and two others are behind bars after police say they were caught breaking into a home.

Malesha Grass and Joseph Lobuts are accused of breaking into home in the Brookhaven subdivision.

Nitro Police tell WSAZ.com a homeowner saw a man run from his house and jump into a car. He then discovered his TV was moved, cabinets were open and his laptop was laying in the backyard.

That homeowner told police the suspicious car was back that night. When police showed up, three people jumped from the car and into the woods.

Grass and Lobuts are both charged with burglary and conspiracy. They are in jail. The other suspect is still on the run but officers say warrants have been issued.

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