Second Man Arrested in Business Break-ins

Police arrested a second man Wednesday in connection with break-ins at two local businesses earlier this month.

Jacob White was arrested just before 1 p.m. Wednesday — just hours after an arrest warrant was issued — after a Moundsville police officer saw him on Third Street.

At about 3:45 a.m. Oct. 3, police responded to an alarm at the Polka Dot Cafe, where officers said it appeared someone had attempted to pry open a door. A large piece of siding also had been removed from the building, although the brick wall behind it prevented entry.

A short time later, officers responded to another burglar alarm at Konnie’s Kastle on Jefferson Avenue, where a piece of siding of similar size also had been removed. Inside the building, officers heard voices, and discovered a man, later identified as Dustin Plants, and arrested him. Plants claimed he had an accomplice, and after initially identifying the wrong person said White had been with him until shortly before police arrived. Plants and White allegedly took cash and cigarettes from the business, according to a criminal complaint.

After White’s arrest, Moundsville police Lt. Steve Kosek said they obtained DNA evidence and fingerprints from the alleged crime scene, and said White submitted swabs of his own DNA shortly after his arrest.

“He was (with Plants), but he was down the hill, and he took off,” Kosek said. “Over on Third Street, (Officer Cody Church) happened to be patrolling and saw him.”

During the investigation, execution of a search warrant against Plants reportedly revealed phone calls between Plants and White.

White faces charges of breaking and entering and attempted breaking and entering. He remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville in lieu of $15,000 bail while he awaits his preliminary hearing.

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