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Consol Energy theft ends in arrest

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

November 10, 2013

WILLIAMSON -Two defendants are behind bars on charges of conspiracy and grand larceny that stemmed from a theft from a Consol Energy mine, located at Naugatuck.


Over the course of the last several years, copper theft has become a common crime committed within the Tug Valley area, and has even resulted in several deaths from accidental electrocutions. Lately though, thieves have also begun targeting mines, machine shops, etc., places they can easily steal equipment and tools without detection, which are things that can be easily pawned or sold to scrap yards in exchange for cash.


According to the criminal complaint filed by Mingo County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. R.G. Messer and Deputy E. Williams, Allen K. Brewer 34, and Haskell Shawn Orsbon, also 34, both of Kermit, stand accused of conspiring to steal approximately $3,000 in belt structure and I-beams from the mining location. They are then said to have transporting the stolen goods to Checkered Flags, a pawn shop/salvage yard located in Inez, Ky., where they were paid $228 for the merchandise.


The arrest report also states that a third party, Elijah Hall, is wanted for questioning in connection with this crime, and was identified as a co-conspirator in this crime.


The defendants were arraigned before Mingo County Magistrate Dee Sidebottom and were transported to the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden, until which time they met the requirements and stipulations of their $20,000 bond.


The men are scheduled to appear in court next week to face these charges.