Grand larceny case going to grand jury

ELKINS – An Elkins man charged with grand larceny waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court Wednesday.

Gary David Smith, 35, was charged with one count of grand larceny, a felony, and is accused of stealing a silver Ford Mustang convertible from Dustin Isner in February.

The matter will now be bound over to Randolph County Circuit Court to be heard before the grand jury.

Sgt. J.M. Menendez of the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police, who prepared the criminal complaint, wrote that he discovered Smith had driven the Mustang to Speedway in Elkins on Feb. 15.

An individual told Menendez that Smith had “purchased the vehicle from a woman from Clarksburg” and the same woman had driven to Speedway to meet them, according to the criminal complaint.

He said Smith had paid the woman and she left in another vehicle. The individual said Smith “had been inside Speedway when (Menendez) had pulled up,” but that as soon as he saw Menendez talking to another individual on scene, “he took off walking.”

Shortly after the tow truck arrived to get the vehicle, the owner of the Mustang showed up and identified himself as Dustin Isner, according to the criminal complaint. Isner provided the title for the vehicle to Menendez.

According to the criminal complaint, Isner said Smith had been at his residence a few days before, and he suspected Smith was using his car while he was at work. He also said his keys were missing and suspected that Smith had stolen them.

Menendez said the value of the vehicle on the Kelley Blue Book website was listed at $5,034.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.