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UPDATE: Two people arrested in connection with a Lincoln County, WV home invasion

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UPDATE:

According to a press release issued by the West Virginia State Police (WVSP), on Sunday, Dec. 22 troopers responded to a report of an armed home invasion at 8 Watson Branch in Branchland, WV.

The victim called 911. When troopers arrived the victim told them that shortly after 1 a.m. a man wearing a mask entered his Lincoln County, WV home. The victim said the man then held him at gunpoint and proceeded to take his wallet. The suspect then fled the scene. 

Shortly after 4:30 a.m., troopers said they located two suspicious individuals along State Route 10. They approached Jeffrey E. Adkins , 34, of Branchland, WV but he ran away.

The second suspect, a female, was detained along State Route 10. Investigators questioned Amanda Gail May, 27, Branchland, WV and she was arrested at the scene.  May was charged with accessory after the fact. Troopers said they also collected evidence from the Watson Branch crime scene shortly after arresting May.

On Monday, Dec. 23 troopers said they arrested Adkins at a undisclosed location. He was charged with burglary, robbery, brandishing a weapon and probation violations, according to a press release issued by WVSP. 

Both Adkins and May were arraigned in front of a magistrate judge in Lincoln County, WV.

ORIGINIAL:

Home invasions and attempted robberies have spiked in the past couple of days in Lincoln and Logan Counties.

On Saturday, two men attempted to break into a home in the area of Harmony Lane in Christian, roughly five miles north of the Mingo County Line. Sunday there were two more reported incidents, one in Logan County and another in Lincoln County.

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Billy Saunders was held in his Lincoln County home at gunpoint.

[A man] "forced a window up. He came around and I was right here and he said give me your wallet," said Saunders. "He grabbed my hand, my wallet and jerked it away and then went over there and went out that door."

Brittany Thompson lives next door to Saunders with her 5-month-old son. Thompson said she was home at the time of the robbery, sitting at her computer in front of her back window.

"They're getting desperate," she said. "They're starting to rob anybody and everybody, even if it's over a dollar."

According to police, there are several ways to protect your house from unannounced visitors. Lock all of your windows, doors and fences and keep your house lit with porch lights. Having a security camera or surveillance camera also can help.