The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

December 23, 2013

Ansted officers seek help in finding burglary suspect

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

— Ansted Police Department officers are asking the public for help in finding a man who broke into a local business early Tuesday, apparently to steal Gatorade and beef jerky.

Police believe the same suspect, dressed as Santa Claus on Thursday, climbed in the drive-through window at Gino’s/Tudor’s restaurant in town, taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

Between 3 and 6 a.m. Tuesday, a white male wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and a large light-colored or possibly desert camouflage backpack and dark-colored pants broke into the Midland Trail Service Center on U.S. 60 in Ansted, said APD Sgt. A.E. Roberts.

According to Roberts, the man broke out a window on the side of the building to gain entrance.  

Once inside, Roberts said, he stole several beef jerky snack sticks and several bottles of Gatorade.

No other items were reported stolen.

The suspect also destroyed one of the surveillance cameras inside the store, said Roberts.

“Based on the images of the suspect in the surveillance video and the size of the window through which the suspect made entry, we believe the suspect to be a very slightly built male,” said Roberts. “We also believe that this individual is probably from the local area.”  

A few days prior to the break-in, a suspect dressed as Santa broke into the Tudor’s/Gino’s restaurant via a drive-through window.

Investigators believe the same man is responsible for both crimes.

APD officers released footage from the surveillance video and still photographs from Midland Trail Service Center.

Anyone with information may contact the Fayette County 911 Center at 304-574-3590 or Crime Stoppers at 304-255-7867.

Roberts said he appreciates any help in finding the suspect.

— E-mail: jfarrish@register-herald.com