Authorities Arrest Two For Rural Cabin Burglaries
Following an investigation conducted by the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, two Ohio men are in custody for the burglary of six cabins in the state Route 89 area of Wetzel County.
Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins, Sgt. John Brookover, and Deputy Rob Hayes issued warrants for Christopher Lee Richmond, 21, and Phillip David Montgomery, 20, both of 38669 State Route 7, Sardis, in connection to several breaking and enterings along state Route 89 said to have occurred on or about Jan. 7-8. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office picked up the two defendants and transported them to Noble County. The two men are presently being held in the Northern Regional Jail on $20,000 bonds, each.
On Jan. 10 Sgt. Brookover and Deputy Hayes received a complaint that a cabin on Harland Ridge Road was broken into. According to the criminal complaint, deputies went to the camp and found the front door broken open with glass from the door knocked out. Additionally, an outbuilding had been entered which looked to have items missing. On Jan. 11 a list of stolen items was submitted by the owner which included a generator that was in the outbuilding.
After receiving information suspecting Richmond and Montgomery of the offense, Sgt. Brookover and Deputy Hayes went to the defendants’ house on Jan. 14 where they noticed a generator, matching the description of the one stolen, in the back of a vehicle at the residence. Both defendants agreed to give a statement wherein the two admitted to entering the cabin and taking items including the generator. The two also stated they did not act alone, citing each other as accomplices.
Richmond and Montgomery are believed to have also been involved with the breaking and entering of five other cabins in the surrounding area in the same time frame. Items believed to have been taken from the camps were removed from the residence and later identified by the owners as their property.
If convicted of the felony offense of burglary, Richmond and Montgomery face a possible penalty of one to 15 years in the state penitentiary.