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Bond debate for gun theft suspects

Updated: Thursday, February 27 2014, 01:05 PM EST

By Jennifer Black

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va.—

Ian Saunders, Chelsea Saunders and Mark Anthony Campbell, the three suspects accused of breaking into a home in Weirton and stealing dozens of guns in January, appeared in Brooke County Magistrate Court on Thursday morning.

The prosecution and defense recommended a bond reduction from their current $150,000 to $15,000 with the specifications that the suspects would be put on house arrest with GPS tracking.

The magistrate ultimately ruled against the recommendation, stating that $15,000 was too low, and she had concerns for the safety and well-being of the suspects and the community.

“He is a risk to himself and the community there's nothing to say that if he's on house arrest that he can't have things brought to him,” Magistrate Robin Snyder said.

Snyder was hoping to stifle further drug use for the three suspects who, according to the criminal complaint, allegedly committed the crime to get money for drugs.

“My fear is these kids are going to overdose, and then they aren’t going to have an opportunity to live,” Snyder said.

Snyder reduced the bonds for all three to $50,000.  If bond is posted, they will be placed on house arrest.

After Thursday’s hearings, the cases for Ian and Chelsea Saunders were transferred to Brooke County Circuit court, and Mark Campbell will return to magistrate court for his preliminary hearing at a later date.

The gun theft investigation was a combined effort by Weirton Police, the Brooke County Sheriff’s Office and the Mountain State Fugitive Task Force.

Bond debate for gun theft suspects


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