Two face daytime burglary charge; police seek third man
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Police said they spotted three men removing more than $10,000 in valuables from a Kanawha County home Tuesday night. Two were arrested while another allegedly fled.
Kanawha County Sheriff's Cpl. K.S. Moore was called to 2357 Woodward Drive, located between North Charleston and Cross Lanes, after a neighbor reported seeing three men carrying gas cans and a weed eater to a nearby car, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
Moore arrived and detained one man allegedly carrying a gas can, identified as Billy Lee Bowyer, 35, of Charleston. Moore then spotted two other men coming from around the house. He detained one of the men, Mark Edward Taylor, 40, of Charleston, but the third man ran into the woods, according to the complaint.
Taylor was allegedly carrying a red gas can with "Kuhl" written on it in black marker. The homeowner, Charles Fredrick Kuhl Jr., arrived as Moore was interviewing the detained men and recognized the gas can. Kuhl then went inside his home to discover it had been "ransacked" with thousands of dollars in coins, jewelry, savings bonds and other valuables missing, according to the complaint.
Moore searched the suspect's car, registered to Bowyer, and recovered more than $10,000 of Kuhl's valuables, according to the complaint.
Moore also allegedly found a bronze Cub Scout medal belonging to Kuhl's son inside Taylor's pocket during a pat-down search.
Bowyer and Taylor were arrested and charged with daytime burglary. Kanawha County Magistrate Ward Harshbarger ordered the men held in South Central Regional Jail each in lieu of a $50,000 -- or 10 percent cash -- bail.
Deputies are still searching for the third man, identified as Colby Andrew Scott. Scott also will be charged with daytime burglary when he is arrested.