PARKERSBURG - A residential burglary Friday afternoon in Belleville led police to the arrest of two Parkersburg suspects.
Corey Todd Bailey, 26, of the Latrobe Street Mission, Parkersburg, and Jackie Lee Barker, 51, of Parkersburg were arrested on a charge of burglary after crashing the vehicle they were fleeing in on W.Va. 68 near the intersection of Lubeck Road.
Deputies and detectives with the Wood County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a residential burglary at 2600 Lee Creek Road in Belleville around 12:20 p.m. Friday after an employee of Waste Management observed a suspect carrying items out of the house.
Corey Todd Bailey
The suspect's vehicle, a 1997 Chevrolet, left the scene and the vehicle description was sent over the radio, police said.
"I would like to commend the citizen who called the suspicious activity in today and encourage people to call when they see something suspicious," said Chief Deputy Shawn Graham with the sheriff's office. "Something like that can make all the difference in catching these criminals or not."
Sgt. Jason Allen with the WCSO spotted the vehicle near Dandy Lane in Lubeck and began a pursuit.
Allen initiated a traffic stop; however, the suspects fled at speeds in excess of 100 mph, passing several vehicles in no passing zones and nearly striking a motorcyclist head-on, police said.
Allen, along with other deputies, observed the suspect's vehicle lose control, leave the roadway and jump a small creek, coming to rest in a grassy area at the Lubeck Road intersection of W.Va. 68.
"The two people arrested obviously have no care or concern for the safety of law-abiding citizens," Graham said.
Both suspects fled on foot but were apprehended a short distance from the accident scene by Allen and Deputy Brian Butcher. Graham said both men have extensive criminal records and are "right where they should be" after being apprehended for the alleged theft and fleeing.
Bailey was wanted after violating parole from a Mercer County grand larceny conviction. Barker was on parole and had been designated a habitual criminal.
Items reportedly stolen from 2600 Lee Creek Road were discovered in the suspect's vehicle, police said. Items recovered included a flat screen television, Wii game system, computer monitor and handgun.
The incident remains under investigation and the suspects were arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court Friday.