Two charged after burglary, arson in Harrison County

SALEM, W.Va. (WDTV) -- Three people have been charged after a robbery and fire at a home in Harrison County.

According to the criminal complaint, crews responded to a fire at home on Gain Street in Salem in January. The fire was later determined to be an arson.

Officials say the owner of the home had been away for days at the time of the fire. They say that during interviews, Okey Jones Jr. and Jessie Gray admitted to having broken into the home earlier in the day and taking a chest, which contained a silver star, American flag, and a purple heart. They say the chest was later found in Jones' home, but the items inside were missing.

In a statement to police, Gray said that Jones became angry after hearing that a woman was going to call police about the home being broken into. Jones later admitted to going back to the home by himself after the burglary.

Witnesses told police that Jones was near the home during the fire, and another individual told police that Jones talked about setting the fire. Jones was also reported as saying that he had "saved all of them" because authorities wouldn't be able to find fingerprints. Police say Jones later admitted to making those statements.

Jones is charged with burglary, arson, and destruction of property. Gray is charged with burglary.