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Alderson Man Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Hay Baler

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A Greenbrier County man is back in custody on multiple charges, partially stemming from an incident on September 19. Charles Colton Arbaugh, 30, of Muddy Creek Mountain Road in Alderson, was arrested on the evening of Tuesday, October 20, after allegedly stealing a John Deere hay baler valued at $8,500, and for additional outstanding warrants related to other previous charges.

On the afternoon of September 19, West Virginia State Troopers were dispatched to the area of Phillips Cemetery Road in Alderson, after Patrick Phillips reported that his hay baler had allegedly been stolen by Arbaugh.

According to the criminal complaint, earlier that afternoon, Phillips travelled to Muddy Creek Mountain Road to collect his hay baler, but found that it was missing. Phillips believed the baler had been taken by Arbaugh due to his alleged history of theft in the area. Phillips then proceeded to the property where Arbaugh had been working, and found Arbaugh baling hay with his hay baler. The complaint states that Arbaugh asked Phillips several times not to call the police.

At approximately 6 p.m. on September 19, troopers located and arrested Arbaugh for several outstanding warrants in Greenbrier County.

According to the criminal complaint, Arbaugh told troopers that he “wasn’t 100%” that the hay baler was stolen, but he was, in fact, aware that it did not belong to him. Arbaugh also allegedly stated that he “kinda knew or figured” that the baler belonged to Phillips.

Arbaugh is currently being held in Southern Regional Jail on charges of grand larceny and petit larceny, as well two bail violations. Arbaugh’s total cash surety is $10,500 for his charges in Greenbrier County. He is also being held without bail for a charge incurred in Summers County.

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