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Fugitives arrested on felony warrants

By Staff | Feb 1, 2012

Daniel P. Eden

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of officers from the Bellaire, New Martinsville and Sistersville Police Departments, deputies from the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office were able to apprehend three fugitives from justice on felony warrants for alleged crimes committed in Tyler and Wetzel counties, and in Belmont County, Ohio.

Sheila Lynn Eddins (age 30), Daniel Patrick Eden (age 25), and Debra Kay Eastham (age 44), all of 953 Clark Ridge Road, Sistersville, were arrested for various felony charges filed by police departments in three cities.

The trio was initially charged with aggravated robbery by the Bellaire Police Department in connection with an incident in a grocery store parking lot. “The victim of the crime was leaving Kroger,” explained Bellaire Police Chief Mike Kovalyk. “She was walking to her car with her purse in the cart, when three subjects came down another aisle. As she was unloading her groceries, one of the subjects grabbed her purse.”

According to Chief Kovalyk, the victim then grabbed the passenger side door of the vehicle driven by the three subjects. Subsequently she was dragged through the parking lot of the grocery store. She suffered several lacerations and broken bones as a result.

The Bellaire Police Department was able to obtain surveillance video showing the robbery, as well as the vehicle. This information was released to the media, with no results. “Then, one of the individuals attempted to cash one of the victim’s checks at Witchey’s in New Martinsville,” Kovalyk said.

Debra K. Eastham

New Martinsville Police Chief Tim Cecil and Sistersville Police Chief Ben Placer investigated the incidents. From the information gathered from surveillance videos at both grocery stores, officers were able to identify the vehicle used in the robbery. They also identified the suspects as Eddins, Eden and Eastham.

Kovalyk said warrants were issued by his department for the three Sistersville residents, charging them with aggravated robbery.

Eddins was picked up by deputies from the Tyler County Sheriff’s office on Jan. 28. After questioning, she was booked at the North Central Regional Jail in Greenwood, W.Va. Eden and Eastham were arrested two days later and are currently in the custody of the state, as well.

Eden faces additional charges of forgery and uttering New Martinsville for attempting to cash the victim’s check. Eden and Eastham are also charged with felony “entering without breaking” by the Sistersville Police Department stemming from an unrelated series of “break ins” over a period of time at a Sistersville residence. Eden faces a second charge of felony “entering without breaking” from an incident which occurred in Sistersville on or about Jan. 12; and a felony probation violation in North Carolina.

Eddins, Eden and Eastham are awaiting extradition to Belmont County, Ohio to face the charges.

Joseph D. Lambert

Chief Kovalyk had high praise for his officers, Lt. Donna Baroch and Ptl. Jim Hunt; New Martinsville PD Chief Tim Cecil and his department; and Chief Ben Placer of the Sistersville and his department.

Joseph David Lambert (age 45), who lived at the residence with the above-mentioned accused, was also arrested on Jan. 28 on a felony probation violation in North Carolina.

Sheila L. Eddins