UPDATE: Suspects Arrested in Winfield Car Break-ins Case

By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email
By: WSAZ News Staff; Andrew Colegrove Email

UPDATE 2/27/13 @ 2 a.m.
JEFFERSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The Putnam County Sheriff's Department confirms to WSAZ.com a third suspect in a recent rash of car break-in's was arrested Tuesday evening in Kanawha County.

Dennis Lottig, 18, of Jefferson, was arrested about 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The arrest of Lottig was the third arrest of the day in the case.

After pictures of the suspects were run on WSAZ, police say they got several calls that helped them learn the identities of the suspects.

David Fields, 25, of Charleston, and Eric Parsons, 18, of St. Albans, are accused of going to a street in Winfield late at night earlier this month, going from car to car and stealing items and money out of cars that were unlocked.

The suspects were caught on surveillance cameras at stores later that night trying to use stolen credit cards.

After those images were shared on WSAZ, Winfield police say their jobs became a lot easier.

“Within 15 minutes we had several leads,” Winfield Police Chief John Perrine said. “The first caller nailed it for us."

Police were able to retrieve a lot of the stolen property. They say fortunately Fields' car broke down before the suspects had a chance to pawn the items.

Police will be able to return those items to the victims soon.

Fields is charged with conspiracy and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Parsons is charged with fraudulent activity and breaking and entering.

Lottig is charged with conspiracy, unlawful entry and petit larceny, according to booking records at the South Central Regional Jail.



UPDATE 2/26/13 @ 5 p.m.
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men accused of breaking into at least nine cars were arrested Tuesday.

After pictures of the suspects were run on WSAZ, police say they got several calls that helped them learn the suspects' identities.

Two of the three suspects turned themselves in after learning police had figured out who they were.

David Fields, 25, of Charleston, and 18-year-old Eric Parsons of St. Albans are accused of going to a street in Winfield late at night earlier this month, going from car to car and stealing items and money out of ones that were unlocked.

The suspects were caught on surveillance cameras at stores later that night trying to use stolen credit cards.

After those images were shared on WSAZ, Winfield police say their jobs became a lot easier.

“Within 15 minutes we had several leads,” Winfield Police Chief John Perrine said. “The first caller nailed it for us."

Police were able to retrieve a lot of the stolen property. They say fortunately Fields' car broke down before the suspects had a chance to pawn the items.

Police will be able to return those items to the victims soon.

Investigators are still searching for Dennis Lottig, the third suspect in these break-ins.

Fields is charged with conspiracy and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Parsons is charged with fraudulent activity and breaking and entering.



UPDATE 2/16/13 @ 8:30 p.m.
WINFIELD, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- After WSAZ.com showed surveillance pictures of the men police believe broke into nine cars in Winfield, a tip from a caller has led police to possible suspects.

"Someone recognized one of the boys [and] thinks one of the other boys lives with them," Winfield Mayor Randy Garrett said. "We are investigating the home and [the] vehicle that's pictured, if that's the same place."

The surveillance photos were taken from a gas station security camera, where police say the thieves tried to use a credit card they had stolen from one of the cars.

The nine break-ins took place over four days during the first week of February and each followed a common pattern. The break-ins happened around or after midnight, when Winfield Police are off-duty.

Police say all the cars were all parked in subdivisions, such as Cane Creek, Riverdale Estates and several others.

"It makes you feel pretty skittish about people running around the neighborhood while you're laying in bed," Scott Morris, who lives in Cane Creek, said.

All but one of the cars that were burglarized were left open and unlocked. Mayor Garrett said while he encourages people to lock their cars, some people don't think that is the best way to deal with potential thieves.

"I've talked to a lot of residents [who] said, 'I'd rather have them go through my car than break my window out,'" Garrett said.

Scott Morris said he did not think that was a good idea.

"If you leave it open, you're just asking for it," Morris said. "But if you lock them, you know that's going to be a deterrent from somebody breaking a window."

Police said that the new tips in the case could lead them to finding the thieves within the week.



ORIGINAL STORY 2/15/13 @ 10:15 p.m.PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A string of car break-ins has police looking for three men suspected of stealing several belongings, Winfield Police say.

Officers say the men have broken into nearly a dozen cars in a recent four-day period. Police say the suspects stole a purse with credit cards and cash inside, as well as electronics and coins.

They also took the credit cards and attempted to go on a shopping spree at Walmart in Nitro, then at a Speedway convenience store in Cross Lanes.

Police say eight of the nine cars the suspects entered were unlocked at the time.


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