West Virginia University’s Police Department has arrested one man and has a warrant for another in connection with a car flipping incident in WVU parking area 5 located next to University Avenue following WVU’s Sept. 28 win over Oklahoma State.
Kevin James Wheeler, 18, a WVU student from White Hall, Md., was arrested Wednesday evening, and a warrant has been obtained for William Schwab, 18, a University of South Carolina student from Sparks Glencoe, Md. Both are charged with felony destruction of property.
The Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has agreed to extradite Schwab as a reflection of the seriousness associated with this type of criminal behavior. The vehicle damage estimate exceeded $6,000.
University Police investigators spent more than 100 hours working this case, following up on more than 40 tips that eventually led to the warrants being obtained, Chief Bob Roberts said. Roberts noted that without student, alumni and public input, the department would not have been able to solve this case.
“This highlights our community’s zero tolerance level for this type of criminal behavior,” Roberts said, “and we truly appreciate all the support we received from the University community on our investigation.”
Felony destruction of property carries a $2,500 fine and up to 10 years imprisonment or both a fine and imprisonment, if convicted.
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