CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- More than 60 people attended a South Hills community meeting Tuesday evening to address a recent string of burglaries in the neighborhood.
Five burglaries have been reported in homes around the Loudon Heights area, according to Lt. Steve Cooper, chief of detectives for the Charleston Police Department.
An arrest has been made in a burglary on Smith Road, and police believe the suspect is connected to the others.
John Wesley Berry was arrested and questioned in the Smith Road burglary. He is wanted on a parole violation and is currently on the run, Cooper said. Since his arrest, the break-ins have slowed down, Cooper said.
Berry has an extensive criminal record, and police "believe pretty strongly" he's responsible for most of the burglaries in the South Hills community, Cooper said.
Charleston Police attended Tuesday's meeting to give residents advice on keeping their homes safe: keep houses well lit, try to keep vacation plans personal, and team up with neighbors.
"Reduce opportunities the best you can," Cooper told those at the meeting.
On another issue, Clayton Matheney, 18, of Ravinia Road, has been charged in using a pellet gun to shoot at vehicles, Cooper said Tuesday.
Fourteen South Hills residents have reported damage to their vehicles this month that appear to be from a pellet gun.
Drugs were involved in both arrests, Cooper said.