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Wade Arrested, Police Believe He Did B&Es

By Staff | Apr 4, 2012

Brian Leroy Wade

The New Martinsville Police Department believes the man responsible for the breaking and entering of several businesses over the past three weeks is now in custody.

After a five-hour stakeout of a vehicle behind the Plaza Inn matching the description they derived from a surveillance video, Police Chief Tim Cecil, Patrolman Friend Estep, Patrolman Dave Howell, and Patrolman Don Larsen attempted to detain Brian Leroy Wade, 48, of Sistersville, when he approached the vehicle Tuesday morning at approximately 6 a.m.

Cecilsaid Wade fled on foot and the officers gave chase, catching him in the area of Auto Zone.

The officers placed him under arrest, but any charges for events in New Martinsville have yet to be filed. He was technically detained, currently in the Northern Regional Jail, on a breaking and entering warrant from Wood County. “I guess he was one of the most wanted in Wood County,” said Cecil, who also said there is a warrant for him from Tyler County.

NMPD Detective Donnie Harris will complete his local investigation and file charges.

On Sunday night Wade allegedly broke into the American Legion and Ruttenberg’s on Main Street. He also allegedly attempted to break a window at Geno’s in the New Martinsville Plaza with a rock. But the attempt failed and surveillance video was able to reveal the perpetrator’s vehicle make and partial license plate number.

Cecil said NMPD officers spent most of Monday scouring New Martinsville to find a vehicle that would match what they saw. It was located at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday. That is when the long wait for the driver to return began.

After the arrest the officers located the vehicle’s keys, searched the car, and found clothes matching those taken from Ruttenberg’s, a pair of bolt cutters, a pry bar, several items apparently from other stores that were broken into, and cash from both the car and Wade’s person totaling $2,000. They further discovered that the license plate number did not match the vehicle. A check of the 2011 Toyota Carolla’s VIN number came back as being stolen from Piedmont Motors in Clarksburg.