POLICE | Two arrests made in connection with major theft ring

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JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says it has made two arrests in connection with a major theft ring.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says it has made two arrests in connection with a major theft ring.

Officials say two men were taken into custody Friday after a long police chase. Deputies say a small amount of evidence was collected in connection to 18 burglaries and break-ins reported over the past two weeks.

According to the Jackson County sheriff, the suspects are David Kestner
and Jeremy Abels, both of Ravenswood.

Chief Deputy Ross Mellinger said the chase started in Ravenswood and went south on state Route 2, ending near Point Pleasant.

The majority of burglary targets were located in the northern half of Jackson County, according to the sheriff's department. As many as 18 places were targeted since Thanksgiving, including homes, storage units and businesses.

Among the stolen items were welding supplies, nearly 100 wires of copper, chainsaws and tools. Investigators say the thieves even took the kitchen cabinets off the wall of one home. Investigators say the pair, who they described as "career criminals," used two-way radios and an ATV during their alleged crime spree.

The sheriff is urging anyone who believes they may be a victim in the rash of burglaries to contact the department.

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