Arrest made in stolen SUV case

Beth Sergent

June 3, 2014

POINT PLEASANT — A bizarre incident that included the theft of an SUV that later had to be dragged from the Ohio River has resulted in the arrest of one adult as well as a juvenile petition for arrest being filed.

Lt. R. S. Ross of the Point Pleasant Police Department has been working the case since the call came into the PPPD — a call that included a towboat operator spotting a GMC Arcadia floating in the Ohio River in the early morning hours of April 15. For a couple of days it was not known if anyone was inside the vehicle and because of this, a massive amount of manpower was used to retrieve it, including assistance from the Point Pleasant, Gallipolis and Cottageville fire departments, the Gallia and Mason County sheriff’s offices and the West Virginia State Police, which provided divers to secure the vehicle.

Ross said last week, PPPD Chief Joe Veith signed a juvenile petition for the arrest of the person the department alleges actually stole the vehicle from the Park Drive area of Point Pleasant. Because of the person being a juvenile, no other details about their identity can be disclosed.

Also as a result of the investigation, a 19-year old Point Pleasant man, who also lives in the Park Drive area, turned himself in Tuesday and was charged with felony destruction of property in the case. Caleb L. Davis was arraigned by Magistrate Cheryl Ross, who set his bond at $10,000. Davis was able to meet this bond and was later released.

According to the official criminal complaint, Davis allegedly assisted in destroying the SUV was owned by Jason D. Wray, of Point Pleasant. The SUV was driven into the Ohio River at a location behind the flood wall. It was valued at $20,000 and was a total loss.

Ross said it’s still possible another juvenile could be charged in the case and that the investigation remains ongoing.