When the accused robber was finally apprehended by officers, one of the accused's alleged victims had inflicted some old fashioned "sidewalk justice" on him giving him a head injury.
David Allen Spears Jr., 19, of Mount Gay, was arrested on Dec. 27 by officers who had obtained warrants for two reported robbery incidents, which took place on Dec. 23.
According to law enforcement reports, West Virginia State Police Trooper J.E. Williams arrived at the home of the victim responding to an armed robbery call.
"Upon investigation, the accused, David Spears did present a machete while demanding money from the victim..." the report states. "Accused did take approximately $250 in currency from the victim while at the victim's place of residence on Monitor Hill. Witness statements identified the accused in the area. Items used during the robbery were recovered from the residence of ...the mother of the accused."
Another police report states Spears was charged with armed robbery for another incident on Dec. 23.
WVSP Troopers C.W. Seacrist and T.W. Tippett responded to an attempted armed robbery call.
"Upon arrival, the office spoke to the accused, who had head trauma from the victim defending himself. This officer spoke with the victim and the accused's mother who gave written statements to this officer that the accused did attempt to take medication from the victim by force using a cutting instrument.
He was booked at the Southwestern Regional Jail at 9:45 a.m.
Katrina Renee Hill, 25, of Holden, was arrested by Patrolman R. Adkins of the Logan Police Department for shoplifting and public intoxication on Dec. 26. According to law enforcement reports the officer received a call to go to the Dollar General Store in Logan on a shoplifting complaint, where a store employee reported seeing Hill "conceal some merchandise in her red hand bag and under her shirt."
"The said above (Hill) came out of the store without paying for the merchandise and then stopped there and she then got the said clothing out from under her (clothes) and the rest out of her purse. Upon talking to her I noticed that she was swaying while standing and had slurred speech."
The officer checked and found she had been arrested for shoplifting on two other occasions.
She was taken into custody and booked at the regional jail at 6:10 p.m.
A Danville man had a blue Christmas when he was arrested on shoplifting charges on Christmas Eve and faces $170 in court costs over $58 in merchandise.
Scott Dwayne Dingess, 39, of Danville, was arrested in Logan County by Patrolman Mark Dickerson of the Logan Police Department for shoplifting and obstructing an officer on Dec. 24. According to police reports, on Christmas Eve Patrolman Dickerson was working a special detail at the Logan Wal Mart when he was advised by the grocery side that a "white male who was later identified as Dingess exited with a car battery without showing a receipt."
"Dingess was advised to stop several times by Wal Mart personnel but Dingess ran to a black Jeep Grand Cherokee and was stopped at the intersection of Nick Savis and Norman Morgan Blvd." the report states. "Upon speaking with the driver, she stated they had not been to Wal Mart. At that time, I asked Dingess (male) to step out of the back seat of said vehicle. Dingess stated to this officer he was returning the car battery but had forgotten his receipt. He also stated he was returning home to retrieve the receipt. Upon further investigation, this officer was advised by Wal Mart management that Dingess had removed the battery from the Automotive Department and had not made a purchase. The battery was located in the bushes outside the store. Upon this officer speaking with Dingess (he) further advised me he in fact stole the battery. The total amount for the battery was $58.76." Upon further investigation this officer learned Dingess had two previous shoplifting convictions.
He was taken into custody and booked at the Regional Jail at 7:28 p.m.