Woman faces felony charges


ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is behind bars and accused of stealing items from the Elkins Wal-Mart on two separate occasions.

Kristin Michelle Gillette, 28, of Elkins, is charged with two felony counts of third-offense shoplifting. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 11:16 p.m. on March 6, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputy E.B. Carr responded to a call from Randolph County 911 regarding a shoplifting complaint from the Elkins Wal-Mart.

Upon arrival, police were told the alleged female shoplifter had already fled and was not identified by employees, the complaint states. A loss prevention officer told Carr the woman had stolen a total 60 miscellaneous items, valued at $735.77.

The loss prevention employee also told Carr the woman selected a variety of items before heading to a “pop aisle,” where she stuffed the items into backpacks which were also stolen, according to the complaint.

The woman then traveled to the exit on the grocery side of the store and left. She can be seen on video pushing a cart filled with the allegedly stolen items through the parking lot toward Burger King, the complaint states.

On April 9, Deputy A.M. Channell, also of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, and assisted by Carr, responded to Wal-Mart for a call of a shoplifter that had fled the scene, police said.

The woman was described as wearing a black leather jacket, black jeans and a white bandanna, and was later identified as Gillette, according to the complaint. Employees said she had went out a fire exit with several items and had not paid for them.

The loss prevention employee said he saw Gillette walking toward Applebee’s pulling a black trash bag full of stolen items and carrying a pink plastic tote that was also full of stolen items, the complaint states.

Carr went to that area and located a woman matching the description. At that time, Gillette made an “excited utterance” confirming her involvement in the March 6 shoplifting, according to the complaint.

A criminal history check was run on Gillette and showed she had convictions for first-offense shoplifting on Jan. 19 and a third-offense shoplifting charge which was reduced to a conviction of second-offense shoplifting on Jan. 30.

The total value of the stolen items in both alleged incidents is $1,360.01, the complaint states.