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Sheriff: 3 school employees arrested for bus garage theft

February 7, 2020 GMT

WAYNE, W.Va. (AP) — Three employees of a West Virginia county school district have been arrested in connection to thefts at the school’s bus garage, authorities said.

James “Lee” Reeves and Katrina Reeves was arrested Thursday and charged with embezzlement and conspiracy, news outlets reported. Lee Reeves worked as the Wayne County School bus garage’s director of services and Katrina Reeves was a bus driver.

Also arrested was David “Eugene” Sammons, the former transportation director. He was charged with obstructing an officer.

Wayne County Sheriff Rick Thompson said an investigation began in October 2019 when engine parts were reported missing from the bus garage. During the investigation, deputies searched the Reeves’ home and found more than 700 items belonging to the county Board of Education. The estimated value of the property was $15,000. Deputies concluded that items had been stolen from the garage for years.

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Deputies said Sammons gave them misleading information. Sammons claimed he wasn’t aware of anyone stealing from the garage and said Lee Reeves wasn’t suspected of stealing, deputies said.

It’s unclear whether any of the suspects had attorneys who could comment on their behalf.