Two arrested in car wash coin machine thefts

PARKERSBURG – Two men were arrested Monday in connection with two separate larcenies at KC’s Car Wash in Parkersburg, according to the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.

Brandon Michael Burdette, 19, Mineral Wells, was arrested and charged with two counts of grand larceny, two counts of conspiracy to commit grand larceny, felony destruction of property and conspiracy to commit felony destruction of property. Burdette was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and is being held on $180,000 bond.

Thomas Michael Underwood, 18, Parkersburg, was arrested and charged with two counts of grand larceny. Underwood was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and held on $20,000 bond.

Police said the larcenies took place within two weeks of each other on Jan. 10 and again on Jan. 22.

The suspects used vehicles to “ram coin machines” behind the car wash, and stole the machines, officials said. In both incidents, the vehicles used to ram the machines were later verified as stolen, according to police reports.

Chief Deputy Shawn Graham with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office said the stolen vehicles were later recovered off Missouri Run Road and were destroyed.

The incidents were captured by security cameras and an investigation has been ongoing since being reported to detectives, Graham said.

Sheriff detectives obtained warrants for several suspects but discovered two of them, Burdette and Underwood, walking in the 1700 block of Park Street in Parkersburg Monday, Graham said.

Deputies said the investigation is ongoing. Further charges and arrests are pending, deputies said.