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Fayette County Deputies Arrest Man For Trying To Steal Copper And Breakers From Lexington Coal

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SMITHERS, WV (WOAY) – This afternoon Sheriff’s Deputies in Fayette County were dispatched to Lexington Coal in the Smithers area regarding a trespassing complaint.  Employees there had detained a man they allegedly caught attempting to steal circuit breakers and copper cabling from inside one of their buildings. The Deputies noted that it appeared the male subject did attempt to steal circuit breakers,  causing extensive damage in the process. The male also had an ATV and tools to aid in the theft.  He was taken into custody without incident.

The male subject,  Jamie Lee King (32 of Pratt), was charged with felony Destruction of Property, Entering Without Breaking and Attempt to Commit a Felony. He was unable to post the $50,000 bond set by the Fayette County Magistrate’s Office and was remanded to the Southern Regional Jail.

If you have any information regarding this incident, contact the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department at 304-574-3590, or through our Facebook page “Fayette County Sheriff’s Department,” or you can contact Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at 304-255-STOP. This incident remains under investigation by Corporal N.D. Hall of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. Hall was assisted by the Smithers and Montgomery Police Departments as well as the WV State Police.



Tyler Barker

Tyler is the Chief Meteorologist & Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. You can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com