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Theft Ring Expands with two Wirt County Arrests

By: Todd Baucher & Denise Alex
By: Todd Baucher & Denise Alex

Thursday one arrest was made and several items were recovered in what then was a Wood County stolen property ring. Now, the number of items recovered has increased, along with the number of arrests and the area of the theft ring.

"Wirt, Jackson, Ritchie and Wood County," Lt. John Young of the Parkersburg Police Department disclosed. "We recovered some property in Wirt County that will be linked to some of the B&E's in Wood County, Parkersburg and Ravenswood."

And not only has the area of the thefts widened, so has the time frame. While it was thought the thefts stretched over several weeks, authorities now believe they go back to the middle of spring.

"There are several people involved," Lt. Young said, "and I don't know if they were always together when these things occurred."

It's still being determined how much money the items were worth. This investigation may continue into the beginning of next week.

Sheriff's deputies in Wirt County Friday afternoon arrested suspect Eric Nelson, the second man apprehended in a theft ring that was cracked Thursday in Wood County. He was arraigned Friday in Wood County Magistrate Court and charged with one count of breaking and entering.

Also arraigned Friday night was Eric Nelson's wife 24-year-old Jennifer Nelson.

The Elizabeth native was charged with one county of breaking and entering and her bond was set at $50,000.

A felony breaking and entering charge carries a one to 10-year prison sentence.


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