Men charged with breaking into city building

Two Barbour County men who allegedly attempted to break into a city of Philippi warehouse Friday have been charged with breaking and entering.

Jonathan W. Alexander, 21, and Billy Ray Shamelin, 27, both of Philippi, are free on bond, according to a press release from the Philippi Police Department.

The release states the PPD was alerted about a breaking-and-entering in progress at a warehouse used by the City of Philippi public works department Friday.

Officers with the Philippi Police Department, the Philippi detachment of the West Virginia State Police and the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources responded to the scene and allegedly found Alexander hiding under a trailer, according to the criminal complaint in the Barbour County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Alexander allegedly told officers that he and another individual – Shamelin – broke into the building after removing an air conditioning unit from a window. Alexander posted a $5,000 surety bond Monday, and was released from the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Shamelin was apprehended Monday, and he is also free on bond.