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Longview Power Plant break-in suspect found

Tips sourced from social media helped Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputies find and charge a man with breaking and entering.

Brandon Lamb, 33, is also charged with grand larceny.

He is accused of breaking into the Longview Power Plant maintenance facility on Oct. 5.

Deputies discovered a 2007 GMC Envoy and “thousands of dollars in tools and computers” were stolen from the facility, Sheriff Perry Palmer said.

Detectives reviewed security footage from inside and outside  the facility  showing a tall, white man with a shaved head and beard use a crow bar to break into the building, Palmer said. He also appeared to have a distinctive tattoo over his right eye.

Pictures from the footage were posted to the department’s Facebook page with a post asking for help identifying the suspect.

Three responses identified the suspect as Lamb and prior incarceration pictures of Lamb matched the security footage, Palmer said.

On Wednesday, detectives went to Lamb’s house, which is only a “short distance from the crime scene,” and took him into custody, Palmer said.

Lamb is being held in North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $20,000.

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