West Virginia State Police have arrested three Wood County men in connection with an October 30 burglary at the Harrisville State Police Detachment evidence room.
Police arrested David Wine, 33, William Estep, 25, and John Richards, 48, and charged each of them with conspiracy to commit a felony and breaking and entering, according to criminal complaint documents.
The trio is also facing charges for a prior offense that happened on October 23. Police said the men broke into the Bailey Brothers store in Smithville and stole cigarettes, change and a gun. They are facing breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy.
The arrests are the result of an ongoing investigation by the West Virginia State Police with the assistance of the Parkersburg Drug Task Force, the Ritchie County Sheriff's Department and the Harrisville Police Department, according to First Sergeant Michael Baylous,
The investigation continues and additional charges may be forthcoming.
The men are being held in North Central Regional Jail with bail set at $100,000 each.
The State Police in Charleston said the barracks in Harrisville, Ritchie County kept good records of evidence it has, and has a clear understanding of what was taken on Tuesday night.
The State Police are not releasing a list of what evidence was taken.
According to officials, it is possible that this could complicate other investigations, but not likely.
Officers said the break-in occurred through the back of the building.
The Harrisville detachment of the West Virginia State Police was broken into Tuesday night, according to the West Virginia State Police.
The break-in was discovered Wednesday morning.
State police said some items were stolen from the evidence room.
State police has been in close contact with the Ritchie County Prosecutor Judi McCullough concerning the status of this investigation and will continue to follow up on all investigative leads.
If you have any information about the break in, call the state police at 304-643-2101 or submit information at www.wvcrime.com.