UPDATE: Guilty Pleas in Huntington Restaurant Breaking and Entering

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

UPDATE 7/22/14 @ 1:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Two men accused of breaking into Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Huntington last month and stealing food pleaded guilty to the crime Tuesday.

William Anderson Hatfield, 22, and James D. Frye, 25, both of Huntington, were arrested after a patrol officer found them hiding behind some vehicles on the U-Haul lot near Hal Greer Boulevard and 9th Avenue.

Police say they men had a cooler filled with items from the restaurant, located at 15th Street and 3rd Avenue.

On Tuesday, the men pleaded guilty to breaking and entering and were sentenced to one to 10 years.

Surveillance video showed that a third person was involved in the break-in. That person has not been arrested.

Hatfield also pleaded guilty to an unrelated break-in at Sun Tan City in the 2900 block of 3rd Avenue in November 2013.



UPDATE 6/27/14 @ 8 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- For the second time in six months, thieves have targeted Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Huntington.

The latest happened early Friday morning.

Security video shows three men breaking in a little before 2 a.m.

They pried open the cash register. It was empty, but they weren't leaving empty handed.

Manager Robert Rutherford says they ended up stealing Gatorade, gummy snacks and three pounds of pepperoni.

This was the seventh break-in there in eight years.

“The worst thing is we're a mom ‘n pop shop,” Rutherford said. "The people who run this work their butts off to feed people. We're the small people, and we're the ones who always get attacked.”

Police say the thieves didn't make it far.

William Hatfield and James Frye were arrested just a few blocks away when police saw them carrying a bag with Hillbilly Hot Dogs written on it.

Police are still looking for a third suspect.

The two men who were caught are in custody at the Western Regional Jail. Their bond was set at $50,000.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Two men have been arrested following a break-in at Hillbilly Hotdogs in Huntington overnight.

Police say William Anderson Hatfield, 22, and James D. Frye, 25, both of Huntington were taken into custody after a patrol officer found them hiding behind some vehicles on the U-Haul lot near Hal Greer Boulevard and 9th Avenue.

Police say they men had a cooler filled with items from the restaurant that is located at 15th Street and 3rd Avenue.

At the time, police said they did not not have a report that the restaurant had been broke into. Police then went to the restaurant and discovered the break-in.

The men are each charged with one count of breaking and entering.

They are currently in the Western Regional Jail.


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