UPDATE: Rural King suspects identified, but still on the run

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MT. HOPE, WV (WVNS)Friday, July 3, 2020 9:30 a.m. UPDATE: The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office announced those involved in the Rural King theft investigation were identified. The initial report involved two men, but deputies have included a woman in the case.

Investigators are asking for help from the community to track down the suspects. Mary D. Ellison of Beckley is wanted for Grand Larceny. Alan Thirl Adkins of Nimitz is wanted for First Offense Shoplifting and James Earl Lehman is wanted for Second Office Shoplifting. Lehman is also wanted in Fayette County.

Anyone with information on the location of these people is asked contact the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers of West Virginia at the organization’s website or by using the P3 Tips App on any smart device.

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ORIGINAL STORY – Wednesday, July 1, 2020 8:26 p.m.: Deputies with the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department are looking for two men in connection to a shoplifting investigation. The incident took place on June 29, 2020 at the Rural King Store at the Crossroads Mall around 2:45 p.m.

The first man was wearing sandals. Deputies believe he selected a pair of boots from the shelf and placed the shoes on his feet. He allegedly placed his sandals back in the box, put the box back on the shelf, and walked out of the store with the unpaid merchandise on his feet.

Around 8 p.m. the same day, another man allegedly came into the store wearing shorts and sandals. According to deputies, this man also selected a pair of boots from the shelf, placed his scandals in the box, and put the box back on the shelf. He allegedly walked out of the store with the unpaid merchandise on his feet.

Anyone who recognizes either of the men or has any information regarding this case is asked to contact Lieutenant Jason L. Redden at the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office (304) 255-9300 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-STOP.


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