Man facing felony charges

ELKINS — A Grant County man is in custody after allegedly taking a debit card from a stolen car and using it.

John Wayne Wortman, 34, of Petersburg, is charged with three felony counts of fraudulent use of an access device and three felony counts of uttering. He is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $49,000 cash, surety or property bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 10:48 a.m. on Monday, Senior Trooper S.W. Shahan, of the West Virginia State Police, was informed by Elkins Communications of a vehicle stolen from Upshur County that may be in Randolph County.

He was also told the alleged victim’s wallet, with her debit card inside, was in the stolen vehicle and had been used in Randolph County, police said.

At approximately 3:43 p.m., Shahan made contact with Wortman, who was in possession of the stolen debit card. Roughly five hours later, Shahan spoke with the alleged victim, who said she didn’t give anyone permission to use her debit card, the complaint states.

She went on to say that the card had been attempted to be used without success at Mountaineer Mart in Norton, in the amount of $103. The card had also been used at a Citizens Bank of West Virginia ATM in Beverly and at a Shell gas station in Elkins, in the amount of $76, police said.

At approximately 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Shahan obtained a copy of surveillance footage from Mountaineer Mart. Wortman can be seen in the video attempting to use the debit card while wearing the same clothing he had on when Shahan made contact with him, according to the complaint.

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