Third person arrested in DOH truck theft

ELKINS — A third individual has been arrested in connection with a Division of Highways truck being stolen and set on fire earlier this month.

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

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, 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 was also 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.

Stinson and Knight were previously apprehended by police.

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