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Batteries stolen; 2 held




Pictured above are some of the batteries stolen from natural gas wells belonging to EQT. Two men have been charged with the crimes.

Pictured above are some of the batteries stolen from natural gas wells belonging to EQT. Two men have been charged with the crimes.

Police have charged three men in connection with stealing 82 batteries from as many well sites located between Neon and Deane.

Joseph Scott Ingram, 25, of 744 Apple Tree Branch, Deane, has been charged with receiving stolen property, first-degree criminal mischief and theft by deception.

Clinton Dale Fleming, 34, of 168 Yonts Fork, Jackhorn, and Bradley Johnson, who is lodged in jail in Wise, Va., are charged with theft (less than $10,000), theft by deception and criminal mischief.

EQT reported the vandalism on December 30. After the initial complaint was answered, deputies with the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department recovered 73 batteries from Mitchell Wright Salvage of Isom, seven batteries from Southern Steel, also at Isom, and two from Quarter Mile Recycling at Payne Gap, said Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Barry Engle.

Ingram presented his driver’s license to Southern Steel and to Mitchell Wright Salvage, said Engle.

Damage to the well sites was in excess of $1,000.

The batteries totaled an estimated value of $8,500 to $9,000. They were bought at the scrap yards for a total of $132, said Engle.

This case will be presented to the Letcher County Grand Jury.

Ingram and Fleming, who are being held in the Letcher County Jail, were both served outstanding warrants regarding a theft at Walmart in Norton, Va.


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