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UPDATE: Second Person Arrested in Sports Facility Break-In

By: Mollie Lair, Todd Baucher Email
By: Mollie Lair, Todd Baucher Email
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UPDATE: 9/25/2013 2:05 a.m.

Alex Paul Brightwell was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court Monday night and failed to post $15,000 bond.

He's charged with felony breaking and entering. Police say he is one of two suspects who broke into the Erickson All Sports Facility last week.
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UPDATE 9/24/2013 6:00 PM

A second person is arrested in connection with a breaking and entering at Erickson All Sports Facility.

Parkersburg police say Alex Paul Brightwell was arrested around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Apartments.

Brightwell is charged with felony breaking and entering.

A criminal complaint alleges that Brightwell entered the Erickson All Sports Facility by forcing open the roller doors in the
concession stand.

The criminal complaint indicates Brightwell entered the concession stand area and removed several items including Gatorade, football
equipment and food.

Brightwell was placed in the Wood County Holding Center to await arraignment in Wood County Magistrate Court.

No other arrests are expected in this case.
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UPDATE: 9/23/2013 5:36 PM

Parkersburg police arrest one suspect in connection to last week's break-in at Erickson All Sports Facility.

Detectives arrested Aaron Powell around 10:30 Monday morning at a home on 4th Street.

Powell is charged with felony breaking and entering. Police say he had outstanding misdemeanor warrants for petty larceny. They were able to charge him in connection with the break-in at the PSHS building following an interview.

The criminal complaint says on September 16th Powell forced open the roller doors at the concession stand. Substantial damage and stolen items are estimated to cost $6,000.

But the case is ongoing as police say Powell didn't commit this crime on his own.

"Well we're sure that there was at least one other person. There were at least two in the video surveillance which we spent a lot of time analyzing. We were also aided by a few anonymous tips through our Web site which pretty well confirmed the suspect that we had in mind for the case to begin with," says Parkersburg Police Sgt. Greg Collins.

Powell was arraigned Monday morning and is held on a $16,000 bond. He'll be taken to the North Central Regional Jail.

As the case continues detectives and Wood County Board of Education Safety Coordinator Don Brown ask for the public's help in identifying anyone else involved.
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UPDATE: 9/17/2013 3:00 P.M.

Parkersburg Police say at least two people broke in to the Erickson All-Sports Facility, causing at least $6,000 worth of damage.

Police say the concession stand and several outbuildings were entered sometime early Monday morning.

They say metal roll up windows, refrigerators, doors, cabinets and fire extinguishers are heavily damaged.

Food, drinks and football equipment were taken, but most of it has been recovered, according to police.

At least two young white men appear in surveillance footage.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the Parkersburg Police Department at 304-424-8444.

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Police are looking for a suspect...and the damage is being repaired...after an overnight break-in at the Erickson All-Sports complex.

Parkersburg South High School Athletic Director Rick Leach tells WTAP the concession stands were broken into, probably some time Sunday night.

A fire extinguisher was sprayed throughout the area, and Gatorade was taken from a vending machine. Leach also says several football bags from the locker room were found.

Leach says surveillance video was given to city police. It has not been determined how much was taken, and an insurance estimate of the damage is not yet available.

He says much of the damage has already been repaired, but the concession stand will not be available for use for an afternoon soccer game Tuesday.

We do have a surveillance photo from the Parkersburg South Football Team's Facebook page. Anyone with information on the incident can contact the Parkersburg Police Department at (304) 424-8444.


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