Police arrest wanted downtown suspect for breaking and entering Journal-news
MARTINSBURG – A person wanted for the June 15 break-in at a downtown business was charged on Wednesday after turning into police, according to a press release from the Martinsburg Police Department.
Floyd Sears III, 28, is currently being held in the Eastern Regional Jail in lieu of $ 5,000 bail after he allegedly participated in the break-in by smashing the glass door to the Queen Street Gallery. The company is located at 213 N. Queen St.
An arrest warrant has been obtained for the arrest of Sears following Ptl. Nashon Cook’s investigation into one count of break and enter, which carries one to 10 years in prison, as well as one count of conspiracy, which carries one to five years in prison.
Police said Sears surrendered to the MPD on Wednesday without incident and was subsequently brought to justice by a state magistrate on the aforementioned charges. An arrest warrant is pending for a second man suspected of being involved in the same charges.
In addition to smashing the company’s glass front door to enter, as seen in surveillance footage captured at the scene, MPD Police Chief George Swartwood said the two men seen in the video attempted to enter through a side door once inside the building, which led to a secure room where the gallerist kept firearms for sale.
“In the video you can see that they are trying to compromise that inner door where these guns for sale are stored and locked,” Swartwood said previously. “Fortunately, they failed to access it.”
According to the police, Ptl. Cook was able to view the company’s security video – which can be found at journal-news.net – and identified the two suspects, one of them being Sears.
During his investigation, Ptl. Cook was able to speak with other witnesses to further corroborate the investigation of the two suspects, as well as aspects of the crime, MPD police said.
“The investigative skills and intuitiveness demonstrated by Ptl. Nashon Cook can only be described as exceptional, ”Swartwood said in the press release. “He was not only able to identify the suspects from a security video, but also obtain other witnesses to further his investigation and identification and other aspects of the crime.
“This is another shining example of the Ptl’s exceptional police work. Nashon Cook to protect our businesses and our community. A job well done by everyone! “
After the incident, police asked the public to help identify the men in the video. The subjects were described as two younger men, both of whom were wearing hoodies at the time of the incident.
One of the suspects was wearing a dark-colored hoodie with a light-colored Nike symbol on the front. The second wore a dark-colored hoodie, with camouflage sleeves, the statement said.
Anyone with information should contact the Martinsburg Police Department at (304) 264-2100 or call Berkeley County Crime Solvers at (304) 267-4999.