Woman charged with transferring stolen goods

BUCKHANNON – A Helvetia woman who allegedly transported more than $1,000 worth of stolen goods belonging to a local doctor and St. Joseph’s Hospital was arrested Tuesday in Upshur County.

Monica Dawn Leigh, 23, of 214 Barking Holler Road, was charged with one felony count of receiving or transferring stolen property, after being stopped several days earlier by Upshur County sheriff’s deputies near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 33.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office, on Oct. 29, Cpl. Dewaine Linger and Cpl. Theron Caynor stopped Leigh, who was driving a maroon Toyota pick-up truck. Leigh subsequently gave Linger and Caynor permission to search her vehicle.

The officers allegedly found more than $1,000 worth of stolen merchandise that reportedly belonged to Dr. Amy Pearson and St. Joseph’s Hospital, the complaint states. Pearson is a family practice doctor who is a provider through St. Joseph’s Hospital, according to the hospital’s website. Officers allegedly discovered a Kindle (e-reader) under the passenger seat; a Toshiba laptop that was wrapped in a pair of pants and placed in toolbox in the bed of the truck; and three boxes of ammunition.

“All of these items found in (Leigh’s) truck were from a burglary that happened earlier on the Vegan Road in Upshur County,” Caynor wrote in the complaint. “The items were identified as coming from (Pearson’s) house and the property belonged to Pearson, her family and St. Joseph’s Hospital.”

Leigh is free on bond.

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