PARKERSBURG - A Logan County man arrested in Wood County Tuesday was among six people arrested on charges of copper theft in southern West Virginia.
West Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Pauley said Jody Alan Bartram, 30, of Mallory, W.Va., was arrested Tuesday in Wood County on numerous warrants as the state police announced the arrests of five in Logan County on related charges.
Bartram appeared in Wood County Magistrate Court before Senior Status Magistrate Emily Bradley where he was arraigned on 70 counts from Logan County.
According to court records, Bartram was arraigned on 14 counts each of grand larceny, receiving or transferring stolen property, damages to utility property creating risk of injury, destruction of property and conspiracy.
According to the criminal complaint, the crimes were alleged to have occurred between Aug. 29 and Oct. 17.
Bartram is in custody at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County in lieu of a $100,000 cash bond.
Pauley said he and Trooper G.R. Honaker arrested Bartram in Parkersburg at the Staunton Avenue residence of Bartram's brother, Jason Bartram, who is serving a home confinement sentence on an unrelated charge.
On Tuesday, the West Virginia State Police announced they had arrested six people and are seeking two more suspects in the theft and sale of copper wire from Frontier Communications in Logan County.
Frontier has estimated the thefts represent losses totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars in copper wire, down time to customers and maintenance and repair.
Each has been charged with numerous counts, including grand larceny, receiving or transferring stolen property and destruction of public utility property.
State police say they are still seeking to arrest two additional suspects in the copper thefts.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)