Car break-ins in county being investigated

WEIRTON – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a series of vehicle break-ins north of Weirton early Tuesday morning.

The break-ins occurred in the area of Cove Valley Estates, Kings Creek Road and Turkey Foot Road, prompting reports from 20 residents, Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said.

The vehicles had their side windows broken, and change and other items of value removed, Fletcher said. Two people were seen in the area at the time, but, so far, deputies do not have a description of the suspects.

Residents reported their vehicles vandalized and entered starting at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s department by calling (304) 564-4100 or submitting an anonymous tip via the Tip411 smartphone application. To do so, text the word “HCSOWV” and the tip information to 847411.

Tips also can be submitted on the sheriff’s department’s website: For those with iPhones or Android phones, the Tip411 app is available for free download.