Elkins men charged with burglary

ELKINS — Two area men are facing felony charges after allegedly breaking into a Central Towers apartment and being found in possession of drugs.

Christopher Don Bibey, 33, and Gary David Smith, 38, both of Elkins, are each charged with one felony count of burglary. Each are incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Sunday, Patrolman First Class K.A. Shiflett, Patrolman A.M. Wyshyvanuk and Patrolman T.C. Bennett, all of the Elkins Police Department, performed a security check on apartment 201 of Central Towers, located at 220 Second St., in Elkins.

Upon arrival, officers observed what appeared to be signs of forced entry to the doorway of the apartment, according to the complaint.

Once inside the apartment, they located Bibey and Smith. While searching the apartment, officers discovered a “small plastic bag corner,” containing a substance which appeared to be methamphetamine, police said.

Wyshyvanuk conducted a field test on the substance and it came back positively as methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Officers spoke with a representative from Seneca Realty, who told them neither Bibey or Smith is a tenant, resident or authorized to be inside the apartment, the complaint states.

If convicted, both Bibey and Smith could each be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 15 years in the state penitentiary.

Other arrests recorded in Randolph County:

• Brandi Lea Rohr, 31, of Elkins, is charged with three felony counts of failure to appear. She is housed at TVRJ on a $15,000 cash-only bond, set by Shepler.

On Dec. 9, Deputy Z.T. Pingley, of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, was told by the office of the prosecuting attorney that Rohr had failed to appear for hearings in Randolph County Circuit Court, regarding three different cases pending against her.

The hearings were scheduled for Dec. 5.

If convicted, Rohr could be fined not more than $5,000, sentenced to not less than one nor more than five years in the state penitentiary, or both, on each of the three felony counts.

• Wesley William James, 27, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of third-offense shoplifting. James is currently free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

At approximately 6 p.m. on Nov. 14, Senior Trooper C.E. Elliott, of the West Virginia State Police, received a statement from a loss prevention associate of Wal-Mart, along with video evidence of James shoplifting from the store, court documents indicate.

The employee said at approximately 2 p.m. on Oct. 27, he observed video surveillance of James and a female individual shoplift $199.93 worth of items from the store. Elliott was unable to find any record of a woman in the state of West Virginia with the name supplied by the employee, police said.

James has two prior convictions for shoplifting, one on May 1, 2013, and another on Sept. 15, 2015, the complaint states.

If convicted, James could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 10 years in the state penitentiary, and fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000.

• Rebecca Schepleng, 51, of Beverly, is charged with one felony count of worthless check. She is currently free on a $320 cash-only bond, set by Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Tuesday, Senior Deputy M.P. Dyer, of the RCSO, received a complaint from a woman on behalf of Burgess Mobile Home Park.

The woman told him that she received a check for $640 from Schepleng on Dec. 14, but it was returned on Dec. 22 for insufficient funds, the complaint states.

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