PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Updated: 7/12/2019
Washington County deputies make arrests in connection with a recent crime wave involving businesses in the town of Beverly.
Taken into custody overnight was Luis Ambrocio Bautista, who is being held in the Washington County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is charged with complicity to commit aggravated robbery and trafficking in meth.
Deputies say Bautista was taken into custody at his Beverly residence after an overnight search warrant turned up evidence from two armed robberies last weekend at Beverly convenIence stores.
One of them was a Par Mar BP gas station where deputies say Bautista had worked as a clerk.
The other was at a Marathon station about a mile away on Ohio Route 60.
Meth and digital scales were also recovered from Bautista's home.
"Through the execution of the search warrant, certain items of evidence were recovered," says Lt. Bryan Lockhart. "That led us to believe he was involved in the aggravated robbery that occurred in the early morning hours of July 6, 2019 at the Par Mar."
Authorities also found evidence at he Bautista home linking him to a series of breaking and enterings at Beverly businesses in the past few weeks.
A second arrest was made Friday afternoon.
Robert Justin Wells, 37, of McConnelsville is charged with two counts of breaking and entering at two Beverly businesses.
Lt. Lockhart says Wells has not yet been tied to the armed robberies, as the investigation continues.
Washington County authorities are investigating two reported armed robberies at two gas stations in Beverly on Friday and Saturday.
Both stations were robbed at gunpoint, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said.
The first occurred at a Marathon station about 11 p.m. Friday, and the second was at a Par Mar station about 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
Mincks said the robberies were committed by different white males and that no one was injured.