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Police search for man in tool thefts from vehicles

Mar. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Deputy sheriffs and federal marshals are searching for a Hurricane, W.Va., man charged with stealing tools and other items from vehicles parked at area motels.

Justin Lee Brafford, 31, faces multiple counts of grand larceny, said Cabell County Sheriff's Detective Paul Fields.

The case involves at least 10 reports of somebody breaking into work trucks parked at motels from Barboursville to Hal Greer Boulevard in Huntington. Some incidents happened over two or three nights in late January, and other incidents were reported as occurring Feb. 19, 20 and 21.

Brafford was arrested on similar charges in August 2012 but had been released on bond pending indictment. Fields said the suspect now faces a bond revocation and new charges when he is arrested.

Anyone with information about Brafford's whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals C.U.F.F.E.D. Task Force at 304-360-0040.

Deputies have recovered some property taken in these most recent thefts, including a couple of items found at area pawn shops and $30,000 in tools and safety equipment recovered from a residence belonging to Brafford's father along U.S. 60 just east of Hurricane.

Last year's search ended with an Aug. 2 police pursuit in Barboursville. That's where police spotted a red truck hauling the suspected stolen property near Evergreen Drive. Its driver refused to stop and drove into the path of another vehicle. The chase continued on East Mall Road and into the Kohl's parking lot, where the driver jumped from the truck causing it to crash into a tree.

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