More than a dozen warrant arrests were made Monday through the Weirton Police Department’s second annual Operation Grinch sweep.
The arrests were all based on outstanding warrants, for reasons ranging from felony sexual assault to failure to appear.
“It’s Christmas time. People are desperate. Drug addicts are desperate. So it’s just all that stuff coupled together if we can reel in some of the people and put a thumb on them so we know what they’re doing and where they’re at, then, it helps us out a lot,” said Weirton Police Chief Rob Alexander.
This is the second year the Weirton Police Department have done this program in collaboration with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and West Virginia State Police, right before Christmas time when they have seen crime spike.
Also during the raids, drugs – including heroin and marijuana, as-well-as an illegal gun were found.
Chief Alexander says there’s no other reason than opportunity that crimes spikes during the holiday season.
But do the raids work? Alexander says yes.
“Not one time did my detectives get called out last year over the holidays, and as far as I’m aware, neither did Sheriff Fletcher’s either,” said Chief Alexander.
According to police, Jean Trujillo (Possession of Marijuana), Anthony Trujillo (Shoplifting), Chris Cargo (Destruction of Property), Dean Coburn (Capias), Lisa Roberts (Capias), George Bell (Petit Larceny), Lacy Marie Thompson (City Warrant – Obstructing), Jacob Ewaskey, William Eugene Fluharty, Matthew Summers (Possession of Drug Abuse Instrument, Possession of Controlled Substance), Jason Darby (Delivery of Controlled Substance), Josh Curtis (Shoplifting), Tiffany Ewaskey (Destruction of Property), Michelle Summers (Complaint for Possession of Heroin), Cody Colley (Possession with Intent to Deliver Heroin), Joseph Paul Mahan (Destruction of Property), Ashley Wade (warrant), Carl Nixon (Sexual Assault), and Shannon Lucas (Possession of Heroin) were arrested during the sweep.