By Rachel Dove
HARTS CREEK - Arrests have been made by the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department after a lengthy investigation conducted into a number of recent burglaries that spanned several miles of the county, including crimes reported from Maher to Marrowbone Creek.
Cpl. Norman Mines and Deputy Jon Endicott from the sheriff’s department, with the assistance of the Logan Detachment of the West Virginia State Police and the Logan County Office of Parole, took two defendants into custody on several charges including nighttime burglary, grand larceny, conspiracy to commit grand larceny and conspiracy to commit nighttime burglary.
Mines said that James Russell (J.R.) Robinson, 37, of Big Creek, and Kevin Johnson, 35, of Taylorville, were taken into custody Tuesday at a Harts Creek residence. The arrests stemmed from an investigation into a May 3 burglary that resulted in a number of items being taken from a residence located on the Right Fork of Laurel Creek, including three firearms, a Polaris RZR, $5,000 in cash and several pieces of jewelry.
Inside the residence where the arrests were made, officers said they discovered the ATV and a jewelry box that contained a few of the pieces that were stolen. A second Polaris RZR reportedly stolen from Boone County was also recovered, as well as other items not identified in the report that were said to have come from Mingo, Logan and Boone County thefts.
Robinson reportedly was on parole in West Virginia. His probation officer was contacted and was present when the defendant was taken into custody.
Both defendants were arraigned in Logan County Magistrate Court and were remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden where they remain. The bond amount for Johnson was $36,000. Bond on the new charges against Robinson was set at $22,500, but because he was on parole at the time of the recent crime, he is not eligible for release on bail.
Both defendants are scheduled to appear in magistrate court in Mingo County next week for their preliminary hearings. The investigation remains open and additional arrests may be pending.