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UPDATE: Truck and Dog Theft Suspect Pleads Guilty, Sentenced

By: Carrie Cline; Tim Irr Email
By: Carrie Cline; Tim Irr Email

UPDATE 8/15/12
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man has admitted to stealing a truck with a dog inside and now he is headed to prison.

Stephen Reed pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Cabell County courtroom to a felony grand larceny charge and misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

The charges stem back to October 25 of last year when Reed stole a truck from Culloden with Kenny the beagle was inside. Kenny was returned to the owner safe and sound.

Reed was sentenced to one to 10 years for the felony charge and six months in jail on the misdemeanor charge. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Reed has also been indicted on a burglary charge out of Putnam County.



UPDATE 11/03/11 @ 4:45 p.m.
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who deputies say stole a truck with a dog inside has been caught.

Deputies with the Putnam County Sheriff's Department tell WSAZ.com that Stephen Reed was arrested Thursday afternoon at Marina Park in Teays Valley.

They say Reed was wanted out of Putnam County on two felony charges including daytime burglary and distributing and receiving stolen property, along with three misdemeanor charges.

Reed was also wanted out of Cabell County for stealing a truck from Culloden with a dog inside on October 25. The truck and Kenny the beagle were found safe and sound.

The Hurricane Police told WSAZ.com Wednesday that Reed is a "possible suspect" in an armed robbery at Verizon Wireless in Hurricane last Friday night.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information on this story.



UPDATE 11/2/11 @ 12:05 p.m.
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The man who deputies say stole a truck with “Kenny” the beagle inside, may now be in more trouble with the law.

The Cabell County Sheriff says that Stephen Reed, 29, of Hurricane, stole the truck and dumped the dog along a rural road near Culloden. “Kenny” was found okay several days later after a frantic search by his owner.

The Cabell County Sheriff charged Reed with grand larceny for the theft of the truck.

Now, Hurricane Police Chief, Chief W.M. Mullins tells WSAZ.com, that Reed is a “possible suspect” in the armed robbery of the Verizon Wireless Store in Hurricane last Friday night. It happened just after 9 p.m. when a man entered the store with a gun.

Chief Mullins says he invites Reed to come and talk to officers if he was not involved in the robbery. No charges in the robbery have been filed at this time.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.



UPDATE 10/28/11
HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A person armed with a gun attempted Friday night to rob a Verizon Wireless store in Hurricane, Putnam County 911 dispatchers tell WSAZ.com.

The incident was reported at 8:47 p.m. Friday.

It was not certain if the person left in a vehicle or not, and there was no solid description of the person.

Additional information was unavailable.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 10/27/11 @ 12:05 p.m.
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man and his dog are being reunited.

Crews searching for Kenny the beagle, who was inside a truck that was stolen Tuesday in Culloden, say he has been found.

WSAZ has a crew on the scene with the owner of the dog, Bob Fannin, who tells WSAZ.com that his dog Kenny was found just before noon off of Signal Road near Culloden.

Fannin's truck was found at a wrecker service Wednesday in near Winfield in Putnam County.

An arrest warrant has now been issued for the man who Cabell County Sheriff Deputies believe stole the truck.

Stephen Reed, 29 of Hurricane is being charged with Grand Larceny.

Deputies from both Cabell and Putnam Counties searched several locations Thursday morning, but have yet to locate Reed.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/26/11
CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- You've seen the bumper stickers that say husband and dog missing, reward for dog.

This is a similar story -- only it's about a missing dog and truck. A local man's truck was stolen with his dog inside, and the truck is the least of his worries.

He's missing his best friend and racing against the clock to find him.

“I come to Black's Barber Shop every few weeks for a haircut," Bob Fannin said. "Yesterday, I was here about 11:30 and left the keys in my car, which was a big mistake on my part. I went in, got my hair cut and come out. And just as I got to the door, somebody was taking my truck up the road with my beagle dog in it.”

It started in Culloden, W.Va., and for the last 24 hours, Bob Fannin has been looking everywhere -- not for the truck, but for his dog.

“This is a photo of Kenny," Fannin said. "He's 15-years-old. He can hardly hear and he can't hardly see.”

But, ask Fannin about what Kenny means to him and he says, “Oh, I can't talk about that … I just can't talk about that.”

He continued, “I've had him for 15 years. They can take the truck, but not the dog."

This is a love story about a man and his dog. Trucks may come and go, but a man's best friend is forever.

“He’s the best dog around,” Fannin said. “I've looked everywhere. I know it's like looking for a needle in a haystack, but I couldn't sleep."

After multiple phone calls and a little confusion, Fannin finally located his truck at a wrecker service in Hurricane, W.Va. The truck that was originally stolen from Cabell County was located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a neighborhood in Putnam County near Winfield, W.Va.

About Kenny, Fannin said, “He was like a typical beagle, he liked the outdoors, but at night, he liked the benefits of comfort.”

And that's what makes Fannin even more anxious to locate his beloved pooch. Friends and family are all in on the effort. Fannin is offering a $1,000 reward for Kenny.

Police are questioning witnesses and searching for the person or persons who stole the truck -- hoping they can find out what happened to Kenny.


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