Break-in suspect taken into custody in Putnam County

Published: Oct. 18, 2019 at 12:16 PM EDT
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A suspect is in custody after evading police for roughly an hour, prompting three schools in Putnam County to go on lockdown Friday morning.

West Teays, Teays Valley Christian, and Mountain View Elementary school were placed on lockdown.

Gabriel Thomas, 40, of Cross Lanes, is charged with grand larceny, destruction of property and breaking and entering.

Police say that he broke into an office on Teays Valley Road near Hurricane, where he broke the glass of several windows and doors, and made-off with Boy Scout belt buckles. In all they say the destruction and theft totaled $2,000.

The property owner called police but by the time they arrived Thomas had already taken off.

West Virginia State Police, Putnam County Deputies and Hurricane Police all started searching for Thomas throughout the Teays Valley area.

They found Thomas inside a home along Seville Drive. According to people at the apartment Thomas changed clothing when he got home. They also gave police an ipad and Boy Scout belt buckles.

Investigators say that Thomas is well-known to members of law enforcement in Kanawha County.

Gabriel Lee Thomas, 40, of Cross Lanes is facing multiple charges after he broke into a home (that is used as an office) in Teays Valley Monday causing three schools and one hospital to lock down. Thomas’ bond is $35,000.

Posted by Tori Yorgey WSAZ on Friday, October 18, 2019

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