Follansbee resident nabbed by task force
WHEELING – Mountain State Fugitive Task Force officers arrested Mark Anthony Campbell in Wheeling on Friday for his alleged role in a Brooke County burglary involving the theft of dozens of guns.
Campbell, of Follansbee, is being held at the Northern Regional Jail at Moundsville under a $150,000 cash bond set by Ohio County Magistrate Joe Roxby on charges of conspiracy and burglary.
A criminal complaint alleges that on Jan. 14, Campbell and others entered a home at 113 Kent Way, Weirton, and stole 60 guns, including 18 antique firearms.
The report said investigators discovered that nine of the stolen guns had been sold to two Weirton pawn shops on two separate days.
A man who admitted to pawning the guns reportedly told investigators he sold the guns, but three other people, including Campbell, had broken into the home and stolen the weapons. Further investigation revealed Campbell and the other two people involved – a man and woman from Follansbee – allegedly broke into the house to get the guns so they could trade for heroin in Steubenville.
The report said the woman had at one time worked for the victims and they had entered the home two times on Jan. 14. The first time, the woman accompanied Campbell into the home and allegedly stole all the pistols. The man and Campbell went into the home a second time and allegedly took all the rifles and a muzzleloader. Police recovered those items during a search of the Follansbee home.