"We were able to put that in our database and come up with a name -- Nicholas Jackson. We were able to obtain a warrant and search his East End residence. We found several stolen items."
Among them was a set of tools. Police walked through Jackson's neighborhood, asking if anyone had lost a certain brand of tools. One man said he had tools like that in his garage, Hazelett said. But after looking at the tools at Jackson's home, he said, "Those are my tools right there." He didn't know they'd been stolen.
Police recovered Mullins' generator too.
"We had a lot of equipment in [Jackson's] house that we were able to return to their owners," Hazelett said.
"We found other people who had lost items who didn't report to police," he said. "We encourage all people to report so we can develop a pattern.
"A lot of times it's hard to get people to come forward. But if people want to remain anonymous, we'll take those calls too. In these days, it's easy for people to not get involved. But there are people willing to help catch these thieves."
Mullins said he had no problem coming forward.
"I think it's a matter of citizen involvement and persistence," he said. "We can rid our community of these types of criminals."
Reach Jim Balow at ba...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.