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Man Charged In Charleston Vehicle Break-Ins On East End Of Charleston

Reported: Mar. 27, 2014 11:10 AM EDT
Updated: Mar. 27, 2014 11:35 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Taisha Walker) -- People living on Charleston's East End may be breathing a little easier after the man police said is responsible for several car break-ins was arrested.

Joy, who didn't want to reveal her last name or be shown on camera, has lived on the East End for three years. It wasn't until Sunday that she's ever had to worry about something like this.

“You feel invaded,” she said. “Although they didn't come in the house, you feel like they've invaded your space, like your sense of security kind of goes away.”

Someone used a brick to break-into her car.

“The window was shattered,” she said. “It was thrown with such force that it went all the way across the car and hit the upholstery on the other side.”

A pair of Joy's sunglasses was gone, but she had other valuables hidden in the car.

“There was actually a garmin in there and there were some electronic things locked up in a little compartment that they didn't find, obviously,” she said.

Charleston police said Alex Rivers, 47, is responsible for breaking-in to Joy's car and 12 others in a matter of days.

It was a car break-in Wednesday night on Quarrier Street that linked rivers to the string of crimes.

"He actually confessed to the crimes.and he was charged with 13 counts of car break-ins and several counts of transferring and receiving stolen property," Lt. Steve Cooper, of Charleston police, said.
Joy said Rivers’ crime-spree caused more than emotional damage.

Fixing broken windows and torn leather will cost $1,000 - money she was hoping to spend on something else.

"We were going use that money for a vacation or for some outings that we wanted to do," she said.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bob Aaron) -- A man has been arrested in connection with vehicle break-ins in Charleston’s East End.

Alex Rivers, Jr., 47, Charleston is charged with 13 counts of breaking and entering of an auto, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

He is accused of breaking into 13 vehicles on Charleston’s East End on March 23 and March 26.

Rivers also is being held at the on a no-bail warrant by U.S. marshals for an alleged probation violation. He was at the South Central Regional Jail on Thursday.

-- West Virginia Regional Jail Photo



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