Hearing waived in DOH stolen truck incident

ELKINS — One of three individuals arrested in connection with a Division of Highways truck being stolen and set on fire waived his preliminary hearing in Randolph County Circuit Court.

Stanley Roy Watson Jr., 31, of Elkins is charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and one felony count of conspiracy. He remains incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $75,000 cash, surety or property bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler.

Watson’s waiver means his case will be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury.

Randolph County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shryock represented the state while Watson appeared with Timothy Prentice as defense counsel. Shepler presided.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on Sept. 12, West Virginia State Police Cpl. S.P. Miller was conducting an investigation into a breaking and entering complaint at DOH District 8, located just outside Elkins on U.S. 219.

During the course of the investigation, Miller learned that Christina Leann Stinson, 32, of Elkins, John David Knight, 47, of Elkins, and Watson allegedly had stolen a 2014 Ford F-250 from the property, which is kept in a closed and locked garage, the complaint states.

The truck was later found on Lincoln Avenue in Elkins burnt and destroyed. The value of the truck was approximately $25,000, police said.

The front gate of the facility also was damaged after being rammed by the stolen truck. Miller also noted in the report that the garage where the truck was stored and another building had been ransacked, the complaint states. Multiple locks had been broken off cabinets.

Multiple power tools and hand tools were stolen from buildings and vehicles on the premises, according to the complaint. The value of stolen tools was roughly $1,000.

Stinson and Knight are each also charged with one felony count of breaking and entering and one felony count of conspiracy. Both remain housed at Tygart Valley Regional Jail — Stinson on a $75,000 cash, property or surety bond and Knight on a $30,000 cash, property or surety bond, each set by Shepler.

Probable cause for her arrest was ruled to have been met during Stinson’s preliminary hearing on Oct. 4. The finding means her case will also be bound over to the Randolph County Circuit Court for presentation to a grand jury.

Knight’s preliminary hearing has not yet been held.

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