Monterville man arrested for obtaining stolen wire

A Randolph County man was arrested Sunday for allegedly obtaining $2,000 worth of stolen aluminum wire.

Jason Arbogast, 35, of Monterville, was charged with receiving/transferring stolen property, a felony, according to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Police reported receiving a complaint from Tim Moore at 7 p.m. June 14 regarding approximately 400 feet of 2-watt aluminum wire that he believed had been stolen from his property. Moore advised that the approximate value of the wire was $2,000, the complaint states.

Trooper C. E. Elliott with the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police arrived at Moore’s residence on June 14. In a statement, Moore claimed it had been a month since he’d last seen the wire on his property and alleged that Arbogast was responsible for it being missing, according to the complaint.

The same day, Elliott obtained a statement from one of Arbogast’s relatives who advised that a few months prior, Arbogast “had asked him to go steal the wire,” but he declined, Elliott wrote in the report. The relative also stated that Arbogast told him he had obtained the wire and had taken it to his own residence.

On June 15, the relative alerted the authorities he had seen the wire on Arbogast’s property, Elliott’s report states.

After obtaining a search warrant, Elliott allegedly discovered the wire at Arbogast’s residence on June 22. The serial numbers and other identifying information matched up with wire Moore claimed had been stolen from him, according to the complaint.

When questioned about how he had obtained the wire, Arbogast said he had purchased it from another individual for $275, the complaint stated.

Arbogast is free on bond and awaiting a preliminary hearing in magistrate court.