Alexander J. Chandler, 22, and Shane M. Chandler, 20, both of Mason, W.Va., are charged with robbing the TNT Pit Stop store at knifepoint. The Meigs County Grand Jury, convening Wednesday, returned identical three-count indictments against each of the men.
Both are charged with aggravated robbery, robbery and grand theft in the robbery of the store, located on Ohio 7 just outside Middleport. Investigators have not reported the amount of money stolen in the robbery, but the charges of grand theft against the men contain a specification that the money stolen from the store was greater than $500 but less than $5,000.
A frightened store clerk first called the Middleport Police Department on the evening of June 25 to report the robbery, stating that the two alleged robbers had brandished butcher knives and demanded money. The county sheriff’s department soon took the lead in the investigation.
Sheriff Robert Beegle said earlier this week investigators had used surveillance video to identify the men, as well as a description of their vehicle. Beegle said Shane Chandler’s clothing was later found on lower Ohio 7 near the Gallia County line, and that he was located there and arrested.
Both men appeared earlier this week before Meigs County Court Judge Steven L. Story, but have not been arraigned on the indictments filed yesterday. They remain in jail, Alexander Chandler on a bond of $35,000, with 10 percent cash allowed, and Shane Chandler on a bond of $45,000, with 10 percent cash allowed. Those bonds were set by Story.