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Two men arrested in arena thefts

Jun. 15, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Huntington Police have arrested two men and are searching for another in connection with two electrical wire thefts at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Chief Skip Holbrook said in a press release.

Joshua Lee Porter, 27, was arrested Thursday, and Michael Dale Maze, 26, of Huntington, was arrested Friday. Both men were charged with two felony counts of breaking and entering and two felony counts of grand larceny related to the arena theft

Each man's bond was set at $100,000, according to booking records at the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

Detectives investigating the case identified Cody Dean Donald, 20, of Huntington, as the third suspect, but he had not been apprehended Friday night.

On May 31 and again Tuesday, employees at the arena reported someone forced entry into the facility and stole electrical equipment.

In the first incident, $12,500 in equipment, including three unopened spools of electrical cables, an open spool, electrical cable connectors and 300 feet of loose electrical cables, were taken.

On Tuesday, an employee reported between $3,500 and $4,000 of electric cables and extension cords were taken from the arena.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Donald are advised to call the Huntington Police Department Criminal Investigations Bureau at 304-696-4420 or the department's anonymous tip line at 304-696-4444.

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