Ohio County Man Stakes Out His Own Property, Catches Alleged Copper Thief in the Act
A local man and his girlfriend, fed up with copper thefts on their property, staked out the property and alerted police when the alleged thief arrived.
Xavier Chase Coyle, 25, of Wheeling, is charged with grand larceny after police said he attempted to steal $4,500 worth of copper from a property located on Quincy Lane in Ohio County on Sunday. According to police, they were dispatched to the property on a burglary call and upon arrival noticed a minivan blocking the roadway to the property, which was discovered to be the vehicle of the person who called in the burglary. While the minivan was being moved, Coyle's vehicle, a silver Toyota Camry with Florida registration, was reportedly attempting to flee the scene. Deputies quickly approached Coyle's vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.
A short time later, the owner of the property arrived and identified Coyle as the suspect who had allegedly stolen copper from the property a week before. The owner told police he and his girlfriend had been staking out the property working in shifts to catch whoever was stealing the copper. The owner said his girlfriend had told him that earlier Sunday she had spotted Coyle's vehicle traveling toward the property. The owner said he then waited 15 minutes after being notified and then exited their stakeout location to observe Coyle allegedly removing copper wire. The owner then had his girlfriend drive to the end of the lane and dial 911. She then blocked the driveway.
Coyle reportedly has an extensive criminal history including a conviction for nighttime burglary for which he served a prison sentence.