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Charleston man charged with car thefts, burglary

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man was arrested this morning after allegedly trying to steal a car in Cabin Creek.

Deputies went to Giles Hollow Road about 4:15 a.m. after Jason Beverly Jr. reported detaining a man he said was trying to steal his car, said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, of the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department.

Earlier, according to Humphreys, Matthew Aaron Martin, 21, of Charleston, had asked a friend in Cabin Creek if he could stay at his house. During the night, Martin allegedly drove off in the man's 1991 Ford F-150 pickup truck with the family's PlayStation game system.

Humphreys said the truck broke down on Giles Hollow Road and that Martin then started walking until he found a house with an unlocked front door.

Martin went into the house and took keys, credit cards, a digital camera, a laptop computer and another game system and was trying to steal the family car when Beverly caught him and held him until police arrived, Humphreys said.

Martin was arrested and charged with two felony counts of grand larceny, one felony count of burglary and a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny. He was treated for minor injuries at CAMC General Hospital before he was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.


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