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Weirton police arrest break-in suspect

Updated: Tuesday, August 6 2013, 06:46 PM EDT

Weirton police have arrested a suspect in connection with four breaking and entering incidents at local businesses over the past week.

Police say the suspect was arrested Sunday evening by state troopers in Follansbee.

That suspect has been identified as Casey Luyben, a 20-year-old from Long Beach, Calif. Police arrested him on Sunday, just before he was able to flee back to his home state police said.

Police say Luyben broke into West Virginia Northern Community College, S&S Auto Sales and the Victorian Hall in the Weirton Heights neighborhood all in the past week.

"One of our patrol officers found that the car lot had been broken into on the overnight shift, Saturday into Sunday morning," Lt. Gregg Moodie said. "Later that day, the owners of the Victorian Hall called us and said that their location had been broken into also."

Police say that West Virginia Northern was broken into twice and that the suspect stole audio and visual equipment from the school.

"He came here, got running with the wrong crowd I suppose," Moodie said. "What he wanted to do was go back home, in fact he had a bus ticket to go back home to California when he was placed under arrest."

Police also arrested two other suspects, Melissa Ann Pittman and Shawn Roby, who were charged with obstructing an officer in connection with the break-ins.

Moodie says that the operation conducted by the department was systematic and included cooperation from each unit.

"Everybody worked together, this is how it is supposed to be done," Moodie said. "It was old-fashioned police work, walking around and knocking on doors, taking little bits of information, adding it to another piece of information which ultimately led to the arrest."

Police say that Luyben admitted to the four incidents. He is currently being held at the Northern Regional Jail on a $40,000 bond.



Weirton police arrest break-in suspect

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