UPDATE: Man Wanted for Scrapping Stolen SUV Arrested

UPDATE 7/16/14 @ 3:51 p.m.
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Mark Burks was arrested by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department in connection with a stolen SUV case.

According to a post on the department's Facebook page, Burks was taken into custody on Tuesday -- the same day South Charleston Police said he stole an SUV and sold it for scrap metal.

Police said the 54-year-old Burks and at least one other suspect took the SUV to RJ Recycling in Nitro and made about $465.

Burks, who is from Frazier's Bottom in Putnam County, faces several charges in Kanawha County, including grand larceny and transferring and receiving a stolen vehicle.



ORIGINAL STORY
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- South Charleston Police said an SUV was stolen from a parking lot and sold for scrap metal, and investigators believe there could be more victims.

Witnesses saw two men load the SUV onto a trailer and take it away, but didn't think anything of it at first.

"Took them about an hour, loaded it up, put it on the trailer and left," James Heflin said.

Heflin had a front seat to the show as he saw two men steal a 2003 Chevrolet Blazer.

"When you see something like that, especially two elderly gentleman like that, you would think that it was a repossession or they were taking it to the shop to be worked on," Heflin said.

He didn't think much of it at first.

"Their truck parked right here," he said.

The SUV turned out to be his co-worker's.

Police said Mark Burks and at least one other suspect took the SUV to RJ Recycling in Nitro for a quick buck.

"It was sad to realize it after the fact," Heflin said.

South Charleston Police said the men raked in about $465. Investigators said the title was in the console.

"There ought to be a holding period if you're taking a car to the crusher," Heflin said.

The recycling center said state law doesn't require a title when a car is 10 or more years old.

But RJ Recycling managers said they still require a title back to 2003 and scanned copies of IDs.

Still, that doesn't ease everyone's concerns.

"There's a lot of cars older than 10 years, they're taking them down to the crusher just to get $300 or $400 for it, that's not a good deal," Heflin said.

He said this situation opened a lot of eyes.

"All of us said we're going to ask more questions, you know, not just assume," Heflin said.

Police said witnesses identified Burks in photos.

Investigators said he and other suspects are likely to face several felony charges, including grand larceny and transferring a stolen vehicle.

Managers at RJ Recycling said they do their best to verify cars are not stolen. They said they check services like CarFax and other government systems.

In this case, managers said they forwarded all information to South Charleston Police as soon as they were notified of the theft.


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