CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Kanawha County sheriff's deputies missed their man on Tuesday, but recovered about $50,000 worth of stolen property.
Lt. Bryan Stover said deputies went to a site on Sexton Road near Tornado about 10 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a drug tip. Once there, Stover said, they found a camper trailer parked at the property and knocked on the door.
Stover said a man jumped out the back window of the trailer and ran into the woods, getting away. But deputies soon discovered a 2008 John Deere all-terrain vehicle reported stolen over the weekend from the St. Albans National Guard Armory. The ATV was worth about $12,000.
A further search turned up a 2010 Ford F-150 pickup truck reported stolen from Moses Ford in St. Albans. The truck was worth about $30,000.
Deputies then discovered that even the camper -- a 33-foot 2006 Rockwood worth $8,000 -- had been reported stolen from a storage lot near Poca.
Stover said deputies expect to make an arrest soon in the thefts.
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