Last updated: March 26. 2014 1:34AM - 1050 Views
By Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

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A third arrest was made in the theft of items from American Electric Power’s (AEP) Accoville Substation.

Mark Shaun Grimmett, 34, of Accoville, is the third defendant accused of breaking into the substation and taking connectors, four gate grounds, two switch ground traps, two 69 KV SC fuses, and a lock. These items have an estimated value of $2,140.

Grimmett is also charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy. His bond was set at $25,000.

West Virginia State Police learned of the theft from AEP employee Ed Jefferies, who later confirmed items found at a witness’ residence were from the substation.

During his investigation, the trooper learned from a witness that Justin Bib Bailey, 28, of Man, had been staying at his home and had brought several items from the substation to his residence.

In addition, several receipts were obtained from Vance Recycling for brass and copper items Bailey had brought in.

Officers reportedly obtained a audio recorded confession from Bailey in which he admitted to breaking into the substation with the help of Gabriel Lee Justice, 35, of Amherstdale.

Bailey was arrested and charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy. His bond was set at $25,000.

On March 20, Justice was located traveling along WV Co. Rt. 16 on an ATV and a traffic stop was made. Officers were advised by WVSP Communications that Justice’s operators were suspended for unpaid citations. Justice was charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny, conspiracy, driving suspended/revoked non DUI, operating ATV on centerline roadway and no helmet. His bail was set at $25,000.

— The arrests listed above was taken from criminal complaints filed in the Magistrate Court of Logan County. The complaint is public information and is not an indication of guilt. Defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty.

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