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UPDATE: Homeowner Catches Burglar in the Act

By: Lou Pickney, Shannon Houser Email
By: Lou Pickney, Shannon Houser Email

UPDATE 11/19/13 @ 6 p.m.
CABIN CREEK, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A burglary suspect tried to get away with stolen goods, but a homeowner and his family stopped the man in his tracks.

Deputies say Matthew Martin attempted to steal from Jason Beverly's home in Giles.

"He was in my car and he'd been in all through my house, put all the electronics from my house and my credit cards in the back of my car and was getting ready to take off until I caught him," Beverly said.

Beverly caught him and his cousin, Michael Duff, helped when Martin tried to run down the driveway.

"I got him and right hooked him and put him on the ground and waited for the law," Beverly said.

They beat Martin and held him to the ground until police arrived. Beverly was protecting his home and his family.

"He could have killed any of us, and we would have never even known what happened," Beverly said.

Now, they're being called the Giles Justice League.

"We're family; that's what we do," Duff said. "The next one that comes will get it even worse. We're really fortunate, we really are. If he had been some nasty kind of criminal, we would have been burying people today."

Martin had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. He's charged with grand larceny and burglary. His bond was set at $150,000.



UPDATE 11/19/13 @ 10 a.m.
CABIN CREEK, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A homeowner says he caught a man trying to steal his car, and then held him until deputies got on scene.

It happened about 4:20 a.m. Tuesday along Giles Hollow Road in Cabin Creek.

Investigators say Matthew Aaron Martin, 21, of Charleston, needed a place to stay, and asked a friend in Cabin Creek if he could stay with him for the night. During the night, they say he stole his friend’s pickup and children’s video game system.

According to deputies, the stolen truck broke down along Giles Hollow Road.

They say Martin then walked along Giles Hollow Road until he came to a residence with an unlocked front door. They say he entered that house and stole keys and credit cards from a purse, a digital camera, another video game system, and a laptop. Using the keys he then attempted to steal the residents' car.

The residents were awakened by Martin’s activity and confronted him. One of the residents then detained him until deputies got on the scene.

Martin is charged with two counts of grand larceny, burglary and petit larceny.

Martin was treated for minor injuries and taken to CAMC

Martin is also currently on bond for transferring and receiving stolen property, which is a misdemeanor. Deputies say that charge is in relation to another burglary investigation.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning.



ORIGINAL STORY 11/19/13 @ 7 a.m.
DAWES, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A homeowner in Kanawha County told investigators that he caught and restrained a man trying to burglarize his car.

It happened early Tuesday morning at a home on Giles Hollow Road in Dawes.

Jason Beverly and Brooke Watkins say they woke up to the sound of their dogs barking. Beverly told investigators that he went outside to check and found a man trying to break in to his car. Beverly says he held the man down until Kanawha County heriff's Deputies arrived.

The suspect was taken to the hospital. His name has not been released.

According to Beverly, deputies found a stolen pickup truck nearby that had stolen items inside.

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