Elkins man pleads guilty

An Elkins man allegedly involved in the theft and destruction of vehicles from several local businesses pleaded guilty to three felonies in Randolph County Circuit Court Friday.

Steven Allen Pritt, 23, entered a plea to one felony count of conspiracy to commit possession of a stolen vehicle, one felony count of grand larceny and one felony count of conspiracy to commit breaking and entering in front of Judge Roger L. Perry, sitting by special assignment.

A sentencing date has yet to be set.

Pritt is one of three Elkins men allegedly involved in the May 25-26, 2012, and the June 6, 2012, theft and destruction of several vehicles from local car dealerships and companies, including a 1995 Jeep Wrangler and a 2004 Buick Century from Autocrafters and a 1994 Ford F-350 from Custom Paving and Sealing.

In November, Pritt was indicted on a long list of charges, including 21 felonies and one misdemeanor.

In Randolph County Magistrate Court Friday, two methamphetamine-related cases were bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court.

Melissa Hedrick and Ellis Hedrick are each charged with one felony count of operating or attempting to operate a clandestine lab after police detected an ammonia-like odor and found materials consistent with the manufacture of methamphetamine inside the Hedricks’ apartment above Lexy’s Bar on Davis Avenue.

The couple’s attorneys, Christopher Cooper and Timothy Prentice, waived their clients’ rights to preliminary hearings, meaning the cases will automatically be bound over to a grand jury in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler denied motions to modify bond, which is set at $50,000 in both cases.