Arrests Made In Thefts Of Donations To Flood Victims

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RUPERT, W.Va. (AP) – Three people have been arrested for taking donated items while falsely claiming to be flood victims.

Sgt. C.R. Johnson of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources says that a recent anonymous tip lead the department to investigate siblings Eric Stone, Diane Stone and Marcia Stone of Rupert.

Johnson says the three suspects live in an upstairs apartment and were not impacted by the flooding. However, he says they took cleaning supplies, bed sheets, pillows and pet food from a Rainelle distribution center.

The three have been charged with obtaining services under false pretenses.

The Greenbrier Sheriff’s Department assisted in the investigation.