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Hurricane man arrested for larcenies, robbery

Mar. 22, 2013 @ 06:53 AM

Hurricane man arrested for larcenies, robbery

By LACIE PIERSON

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON -- The week-long search for a man wanted in multiple tool thefts from local motels ended Monday with the arrest of 31-year-old Justin Brafford of Hurricane.

Brafford, 31, was charged with three counts of felony grand larceny and one count of petit larceny according to criminal complaints filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court.

He was apprehended Monday by authorities in Kanawha County in connection with the armed robbery of a Jefferson, W.Va, video lottery parlor earlier that day, according to reports from local media outlets.

He was arraigned for his charges in Cabell County late Monday.

Authorities in Cabell and Putnam counties had been searching for Brafford for more than a week at the time of his arrest.

More than $4,000 in tools and $21,000 musical equipment were taken from trailers and utility trucks parked at four different hotels throughout Cabell County, a Cabell County Deputy said in the complaint.

The incidents took place in February.

On Feb. 1, the deputy said a man cut the lock on a box trailer belonging to Lincoln County High School's marching band and took $21,400 in musical equipment while the trailer was parked at a hotel in the 3000 block of 16th Street.

On Feb. 2, the deputy said a man broke into two trucks belonging to GSI LLC. The deputy reported $1,305 in tools were taken from one of the trucks at a hotel in the 3400 block of U.S. 60, and $2,240 in tools and climbing gear were taken from a truck parked at a hotel in the 5100 block of U.S. 60.

The deputy said in the criminal complaint that some of the climbing gear was located at a pawn shop in Putnam County.

That same day, a man broke into a work truck belonging to someone who was staying at the same hotel in the 3000 block of 16th Street and took $600 in tools, the deputy said in the complaint.

During the search for Brafford, authorities discovered a methamphetamine lab in Hurricane last Tuesday. Members of the U.S. Marshals C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force and local authorities were tracking Brafford, and a tip led them to a residence in the 2500 block of Main Street, where authorities found a meth lab.

Four people were arrested in connection with the lab and charged with felony operating or attempting to operate a clandestine drug lab

Brafford was not located at the residence, nor was he charged in connection with that incident.

Brafford was arrested on similar larceny charges and fleeing from police in August 2012, but he had been released on bond pending indictment.

Brafford was incarcerated at the South Central Regional Jail in Charleston. His bond on charges out of Kanawha County was $60,000 and his bond on charges out of Cabell County was $50,000.

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