Two Upshur men charged with grand larceny

BUCKHANNON – Two Buckhannon men were arrested Friday for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 worth of their roommate’s personal belongings while the roommate was not at home.

James Earl Adams III, 34, and Shane Branden Wamsley, 22, were each charged with one felony count of grand larceny after they allegedly stole a television and two boxes of other items from their mutual roommate, Joshua Pinegar.

According to criminal complaints in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Pinegar filed a grand larceny complaint with Cpl. T.A. Menendez of the Buckhannon Detachment of the West Virginia State Police Thursday. Pinegar said he lived with both Adams and Wamsley, and upon returning home Thursday, found that many of his personal belongings were missing.

Pinegar told Menendez that Adams and Wamsley were allegedly seen at the Buckhannon Post Office mailing two large boxes containing Pinegar’s personal property to Oklahoma. The victim said he also believed the two had pawned his television at S&J Pawn Shop, the complaint states.

Menendez allegedly recovered the stolen property.

“Cpl. Menendez confirmed and recovered the boxes from the Buckhannon Post Office and S&J Pawn Shop with witnesses confirming both suspects, James Adams and Shane Wamsley (sic) were observed at the pawn shop and the post office,” investigating officer Cpl. B.K. Wright wrote in the complaint. The value of the stolen property exceeded $1,000, the report states.

Both Adams and Wamsley are being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 bond set by Magistrate Mike Coffman.

The penalty for a conviction of grand larceny is confinement in a state penitentiary for one to 10 years, or, in the discretion of the court, imprisonment in a regional jail for up to one year and a fine of up to $2,500.