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UPDATE: Arrest in Christmas Eve Gas Station Robbery

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 1/24/13 @ 9:35 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man that police say robbed a Huntington convenience store on Christmas Eve has been captured in Huntington.

Huntington Police tell WSAZ.com that 32-year-old David Buzzard, of Wayne County, was taken into custody Thursday morning by the U.S. Marshals C.U.F.F.E.D Task Force.

The armed robbery happened at the Marathon One-Stop at the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue in Huntington.

Following the robbery, Buzzard led police on a chase into Wayne County, but got away. His car was later found abandoned behind the Camp Creek Apartments in Lavalette.

Buzzard was arrested at a residence on Davis Street, in Huntington Thursday morning.

Buzzard's girlfriend, Heather Jo Ratcliffe, was also arrested on an unrelated charge. She was wanted out of Ohio on a fugitive from justice warrant on drug charges.

Buzzard will be arraigned on a first-degree robbery charge Thursday morning.

In 2007, Buzzard was part of a group of people who stole cars, trucks and SUV’s from dealerships in St. Albans, Huntington and Barboursville. The group then took the stolen vehicles Greenup County, Ky. where they were re-sold.

In February 2008, Buzzard pleaded guilty to his involvement in the theft ring and was later sentenced to five years in a federal prison.

We have a crew at the courthouse.

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UPDATE 1/8/13 @ 3:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who police say robbed a Huntington convenience store back in November has been arrested.

The robbery happened at the Marathon One-Stop at the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue in Huntington on November 5.

Police say Bryant Wilburn, 21, of Huntington, robbed the store at knife point.

Authorities tell WSAZ.com that Wilburn was arrested in Boyd County Wednesday afternoon.

The store was also robbed on Christmas Eve. Huntington Police are looking for 32-year-old David Buzzard, of Wayne County, in connection with that armed robbery.

Police say following the robbery, Buzzard led them on a chase into Wayne County but he got away. His car was later found abandoned behind the Camp Creek Apartments in Lavalette.

Police confirm to WSAZ.com that back in 2007, Buzzard was part of a group of people who stole cars, trucks and SUV’s from dealerships in St. Albans, Huntington and Barboursville. The group then took the stolen vehicles Greenup County, Ky. where they were re-sold.

Federal prosecutors said a total of 8 vehicles were stolen over a two-month period.

In February 2008, Buzzard pleaded guilty to his involvement in the theft ring. In May 2008, he was sentenced to five years in a federal prison.



UPDATE 1/8/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who police say robbed a Huntington convenience store on Christmas Eve is also the same man who was part of a stolen car ring in 2007.

Huntington Police are looking for 32-year-old David Buzzard of Wayne County.

The armed robbery happened at the Marathon One-Stop at the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue in Huntington.

Police say Buzzard walked into the store pulled out a gun and robbed the store.

Investigators say Buzzard led them on a chase into Wayne County but he got away. His car was later found abandoned behind the Camp Creek Apartments in Lavalette.

Police confirm that back in 2007, Buzzard was part of a group of people who stole cars, trucks and SUV’s from dealerships in St. Albans, Huntington and Barboursville. The group then took the stolen vehicles Greenup County, Ky. where they were re-sold.

Federal prosecutors said a total of 8 vehicles were stolen over a two-month period.

In February 2008, Buzzard pleaded guilty to his involvement in the theft ring. In May 2008, he was sentenced to five years in a federal prison.



UPDATE 1/7/13
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Same convenience store, but two separate robberies in the past couple of months; now police say they know who committed those robberies.

Both robberies happened at the Marathon One-Stop at the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue in Huntington.

The first robbery happened on November 5. Police say Bryant Wilburn, 21, of Huntington, robbed the store at knife point.

The second armed robbery happened on Christmas Eve.

Police say David Buzzard, 32, of Wayne County, walked into the store about 10 a.m., pulled out a gun and robbed the store.

Buzzard then led police on a chase into Wayne County before getting away. His car was was found abandoned behind the Camp Creek Apartments in Lavalette.

Police say the robberies are not related.

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UPDATE 12/24/12 @ 5 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- On Christmas Eve Santa Claus is notorious for his elusiveness, but Monday it was an armed robber who managed to stay out of sight.

Huntington police say a man with a handgun robbed the Marathon Station at 5th Avenue and 8th Street just after 10 a.m. Monday.

The suspect led police on a chase and got away. His car, a white Toyota Corolla, was found abandoned behind the Camp Creek Apartments in Lavalette.

Investigators on the scene weren’t sure if he took off on foot or got away in another car.

Gary Stephens is the landlord at the apartments. He's changing locks on a unit where he suspects there may be a connection with the suspect and the tenant.

"I'm going to make sure the tenants here are safe and have a safe place to stay and are not afraid they can't come home," Stephens said.

Stephens says he hasn’t been able to get in touch with that tenant in about three months, just after she moved in.

Police say they’re investigating whether the suspect may have a connection to someone in the area.

Neighbors say in recent weeks they've seen several cars with Michigan tags stop in late at night.

"I hope and pray to God they catch him,” neighbor Ruth Carter said. “There are too many drug addicts in this world."

Julia Stevenson lives below the apartment in question and says she’s recently smelled drugs there.

"The locks are changed, and cops know a little something about what's going on,” Stevenson said. “Hopefully it'll all be over and we'll be safe."



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are investigating an armed robbery at a gas station in downtown Huntington.

Dispatchers say it happened about 10:15 a.m. Monday at the Marathon gas station at the corner of 8th Street and 5th Avenue.

According to dispatchers, a man walked into the store and demanded money. It is unclear if he was able to get away with anything.

Dispatchers tell WSAZ.com they have found the car the suspect used to get away in on Camp Creek Road near the Wayne/Cabell County line.

We have a crew on the scene. Keep clicking WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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