Fayetteville PD nabs antique thief

FAYETTEVILLE, WV (NEWS RELEASE) — On December 13, 2016 Fayetteville Police Department investigated a burglary of an unoccupied residence known as the Altamont Motel at 110 Fayette Avenue, Fayetteville, Fayette County, West Virginia. It was reported that the residence and a detached garage had been broken into sometime before December 13, 2016. Fayetteville Police Department received another complaint on December 15, 2016 that the residence had been burglarized again and more items had been taken. The items stolen included antique furniture, other antique items, appliances, and other small items.

During the investigation officers obtained information that some of the items that matched the description of the items stolen had been sold at the New River Antique Mall, D & K Collectables both located in Fayetteville, and Adkins Alley in Oak Hill. Those items were able to be identified as having been stolen from the victim’s residence.

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016 officers obtained information that an individual from the Oak Hill area had purchased antique furniture from an individual. The antique furniture was identified as the furniture stolen from the victim’s residence and the suspect who sold the items was identified as Justin Lee Blevins, age 28 of Fayetteville.

Officers were unable to locate and recover some of the items reported as stolen.

Sgt. C. E. Davis of the Fayetteville Police Department obtained warrants for Blevins’ arrest for felony offenses of Burglary, Breaking-and-Entering and Grand Larceny as well as misdemeanor charges of Transferring/Receiving Stolen Goods and Destruction of Property. He was also charged with Transferring/Receiving Stolen Goods based on warrants that Patrolman J. D. Nottingham also of the Fayetteville Police Department had obtained. The warrants were served on Blevins on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 and he was arraigned on the same day. Blevins was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bond.

If anyone believes that he or she may have inadvertently purchased items that may be stolen related to this crime or if anyone has any information concerning this crime they are urged to contact the Fayetteville Police Department at (304) 574-0255 or the Fayette County 911 Center at (304) 574-3590. You may also submit tips through our department Facebook page, Fayetteville Police Department, Fayette County WV.

This incident remains under investigation by Sergeant C. E. Davis and Patrolman C. D. Dancy of the Fayetteville Police Department.

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