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Man Arrested For Business Break-Ins

November 5, 2018
Wetzel Chronicle

Brian Leroy Wade, 55, of New Martinsville, has been arrested and charged with entry of a building other than a dwelling. It is believed Wade is responsible for breaking into several area businesses, including Tyler County and Monroe County (Ohio) businesses.

New Martinsville Police Department Chief Tim Cecil said law enforcement was alerted early Nov. 4, around 3 a.m., to a busted window at Sunoco gas station in New Martinsville. Chief Cecil said Sergeant Friend Estep and Patrolman Jason Utt responded to the scene, along with with Cecil. Further investigation of the area also showed that someone had broken into Buddy Light Accounting & Tax Services.

Chief Cecil said while searching the area after the break-in, he noticed a person of interest's vehicle parked on a New Martinsville street. He said he notified fellow law enforcement.

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After a couple of hours and further patrol, but no further leads, law enforcement then decided to patrol the Ludewig Insurance area in New Martinsville, where Chief Cecil discovered the slightly open door to the insurance business. Cecil said he parked in front of the business and spotted a shadow of an individual. He then spotted Wade, rifling through the petty cash drawer. Cecil said he radioed for help and rushed through the front entrance of the building. However, Wade rushed out the back door of the building.

Cecil said he figured Wade would be headed to his vehicle. Cecil headed back to the vehicle, while Detective Donnie Harris and Patrolman Utt began to pursue the path of Wade.

Patrolman Utt noticed the suspect walking on Lee Lane; the suspect then fled toward Maple Avenue, hiding behind a bush. Patrolman Utt then got out on foot pursuit and apprehended the suspect and took him into custody. Detective Harris assisted. The suspect still had tools in his possession that he had used to break into the businesses. Chief Cecil then had the suspect's car towed.

Chief Cecil said law enforcement from Monroe and Tyler counties were notified, along with law enforcement in St. Marys, due to Wade's suspected involvement with business break-ins in those areas.

Chief Cecil said law enforcement do not believe Wade is responsible for recent home invasions in the area. That is a separate suspect.



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