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UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Hinton church break-in investigation

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Hinton Police Chief Derek Snavely says an arrest has been made over break-ins at the Hinton Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Blaine Adkins, 33, of Hinton was arrested Tuesday night on charges of breaking and entering, destruction of property and grand larceny -- all felonies.

"After 6 hours of distributing his phone and information via Facebook and the news, Adkins was apprehended," said Snavely in a news release. "We would like to express our sincere thanks to all the public and media for spreading the word."

Earlier Tuesday, Snavely told WVVA the stolen guitars had been located at a residence in Hinton, but they were damaged.


HINTON (WVVA) - Hinton Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man suspected to be involved in a recent church break-in.

Blaine Andrew Adkins, 33, of Hinton is wanted on charges of breaking and entering, destruction of property and grand larceny -- all felonies.

Police say Adkins broke into the Hinton Gospel Tabernacle Church, by breaking and entering a window at the back of the building.

Adkins then allegedly stole three guitars, a Fender electric bass valued at $1,000; a Michael Kelly acoustic/electric bass valued at $500 and a Martin D35 Brazilian acoustic valued at $5,000.

Police say all three guitars have been recovered, but were heavily damaged.

If you have any information on Adkins' whereabouts, contact the Hinton Police Department at 304-466-4657 or Summers County 911's non-emergency line at 304-466-3333.

Tips can also be sent to tips@hintonpolice.org



HINTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- WVVA has learned that the thieves who stole guitars from an area church, hit it again-- this time, to take copper pipes.

Pastor Terry Weatherly of the Hinton Gospel Tabernacle on Main Street told WVVA they discovered the copper theft after the guitar theft we originally wrote about last week.

He said the thieves caused a lot of damage in the process of this second crime.

"[They] broke a lot of things," said Weatherly, "and tore down baseboards and things, to get to this copper tubing."

He said the culprits entered the building by throwing a flower pot through a side window.

The church is still conducting worship, but they want their guitars back. It hasn't impacted their worship, because Weatherly says they will continue to praise God regardless of challenges, but these guitars had a lot of sentimental as well as monetary value.

Hinton police are asking the community for information about these crimes, which they believe were committed by at least two people.

"They're definitely three unique guitars, you know that's not an item that's commonly sold," said Chief Derek Snavely. "So if anybody hears about transactions or somebody wanting to sell, they can contact us and we'll follow every lead."

If you have information that can help police in the investigation, call 304-466-4657.



HINTON, W. Va (WVVA)-- Police in Summers County are asking the public for information about a breaking and entering in Hinton.

Officers at the Hinton Police Department said it happened at Hinton Gospel Tabernacle Church on Main Street sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Several guitars were stolen from the church.

If you have any information pertaining to this incident, police ask you to contact the Hinton Police Department at 304-466-4657, or email them at tips@hintonpolice.org.

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