Arrest made in Erickson break-in

PARKERSBURG – One of the men wanted for allegedly breaking into the Erickson All-Sports Facility was arrested by Parkersburg police detectives Monday morning, police said.

Aaron Matthew Powell, 20, of 4408 11th Ave., Parkersburg, was arrested at a residence on Fourth Avenue around 10:30 a.m. Monday. Police said Powell had outstanding misdemeanor warrants for petit larceny and no operator’s license.

Following an interview at police headquarters, Powell was formally charged with a felony breaking and entering of Erickson.

Sgt. Greg Collins with the Parkersburg Police Department said police Detective T.A. Davis and Don Brown, Wood County Board of Education safety coordinator, worked together on the case.

Davis and Brown went through hours of surveillance footage to identify the suspect, Collins said.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Wood County Magistrate Court, on or about Sept. 16 Powell allegedly entered the sports facility at 305 Erickson Blvd., Parkersburg, by forcing open the roller doors in the concession stand.

Powell entered the concession stand area and removed several items, including Gatorade, football equipment and food, police said.

He was identified through surveillance footage of the facility, police said.

Powell was arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and failed to post a $16,000 bond. He was placed in the Wood County Holding Center to await transport to the North Central Regional Jail.

During the crime, substantial damage to the property occurred, including to metal roll-up windows, refrigerators, doors, cabinets and fire extinguishers, police said. The damage is expected to surpass $6,000, police said.

As the case progresses the damage amount could change, police said.

Police said the case remains ongoing; officials are continuing to search for another suspect who has not been identified.