Kenneth Lee Cyrus, of Wharncliffe, was accused of entering a trailer owned by Triana Energy, located on Glen Alum, and taking approximately $100,000 in merchandise.
The criminal complaint stated that the defendant, along with Isaac Mitchem, who is a codefendant in the investigation, did this by loading the merchandise into an early model Ford F-150 owned by Cyrus.
The complaint further stated that Cyrus and Mitchem attempted to flee the scene but the vehicle got stuck in mud due to the large amount of weight from the stolen merchandise.
Both Cyrus and Mitchem were placed into custody by Trooper C.A. Douglas, after the officer was contacted by James Groves, an employee of Highland Drilling, who was working at the time of the incident.
Cyrus had allegedly requested that Groves assist him and Mitchem in getting the vehicle out of the mud.
When Cyrus and Mitchem were taken into custody they were still on scene at Glen Alum after being made to put all the stolen merchandise back by the complainant.
The complainant was also able to provide this officer with photos depicting the stolen merchandise in and around the vehicle.
Chief Magistrate Crum found probable cause and bound the trial over the Mingo County Grand Jury.