Man Charged in Theft Ring

By: Mike Waterhouse Email
By: Mike Waterhouse Email

Police are calling it a crime spree that spread from state to state and ended in Lincoln County. A man from charleston was arrested after a raid at his parent's home in Lincoln County.

Police say Nathan Newman stole everything from a safe filled with guns to farm equipment. Some of it came from as close as South Charleston, some as far away as North Carolina.

Police say an anonymous tip lead them to Newman's parent's home in Lincoln County. During a raid there this week, investigators say they uncovered stolen property worth thousands and thousands of dollars.

Newman says he bought the items at flea markets and auctions, but police aren't buying it, and neither are neighbors.

"They've had suspicions that things were going on, but they never knew for sure that things were being taken or stolen or to that effect," said Regina Adkins, a neighbor of Newman's parents.

Newman is 42 years old. He has already posted bond, but police say there could be even more charges and arrests to come in this case.

For now, police are happy just to have those weapons off the streets. They say they found 55 guns stashed in one of the stolen safes.

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