Police seeking to identify break-in suspect

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia State Police officials are asking for the public’s help to locate a man who allegedly broke into a car in broad daylight at the Upshur Cinema 6.

The alleged incident occurred on March 23 outside of the theater located on Brushy Fork Road, according to a press release issued by Senior Trooper V.J. Pyles with the Buckhannon detachment of the WVSP. The vehicle that was targeted by the accused individual belongs to a married couple and the suspect allegedly stole a brightly colored Vera Bradley purse that contained bank cards and personal information, according to the release.

After allegedly breaking a window in the vehicle and stealing the items Pyles – who was called to the scene – said the suspect had used the couple’s credit card at the Weston Wal-Mart that same day. Wal-Mart security cameras recorded an image of the man leaving the store after using the card.

The press release states the suspect continued to travel north to Clarksburg where he purchased a large television with the card from the local Wal-Mart in that area. The suspect continued to Westover, where one of the cards was used at an Exxon location, according to the press release.

The suspect is described as between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, weighs 200-245 pounds and appears to be in his mid-30s with a heavy build. The suspect was last seen wearing a gray pullover hoodie, a black toboggan and dark blue jeans.

“He’s being careful not to be seen,” Pyles said. “He’s kind of an average-looking guy, he looks like a regular average everyday fellow.”

Pyles said although the suspect is being careful not to be noticed, police have obtained surveillance photographs and a possible vehicle description. According to the press release, the vehicle driven by the suspect could be a dark black or green SUV with a tire carrier on the rear. Pyles said he is releasing a photo of the suspect to see if members of the public recognize the man. Anyone providing information in the case may remain anonymous, the release states.

Those who recognize the suspect or believe they have information are urged to contact Pyles at the Buckhannon Detachment. He can be reached by phone at 304-473-4200.

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