W.Va. police arrest 11 in storm generator thefts

SOUTH CHARLESTON (AP) — State Police say 11 people have been arrested in connection with the theft of several generators across West Virginia during the recent summer storms.

West Virginia state police said Thursday that authorities have recovered five stolen generators, which has resulted in 11 people being charged with the theft and possession of the machines. A warrant is out for the arrest of another person.

A total of 39 generators belonging to companies and individuals were reported stolen to West Virginia State Police.

State police said that while crews worked to restore electricity, telephone and other services after the storms in late June, thieves decided to prey on others’ misfortune and caused setbacks to emergency and disaster response efforts.

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