Woman charged with nighttime burglary

ELKINS — A Randolph County woman is behind bars after allegedly breaking into an Elkins residence.

Danielle Marie Stokes, 33, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of nighttime burglary. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, Elkins Police Department Patrolman D.T. Sayre and Patrolwoman T.L. Hewitt responded Sunday to an apartment at Central Towers, along Second Street in Elkins, regarding a possible breaking and entering.

Sayre and Hewitt entered the apartment and discovered a woman, identified as Stokes, who said she had entered the residence “knowing that the previous tenants had her purse” and that she was looking for it and other items she believed they had stolen from her.

Sayre noticed the apartment to be in “disarray” and saw a blue purse lying on the floor next to Stokes’ jacket, the complaint states.

The door to the apartment also appeared to have marks on it consistent with being forced open, Sayre noted in the report.

If convicted, Stokes could be sentenced to not less than one nor more than 15 years in the state penitentiary.

Also in Randolph County:

• Jessica Nicole Kille, 28, of Elkins, is charged with one felony count of third-offense shoplifting. She is incarcerated at TVRJ on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 4:57 p.m. Saturday, Senior Patrolman B.D. Tice, of the EPD, responded to the Dollar General Store, located on Third Street in Elkins, regarding a shoplifting complaint.

Tice arrived at the store and spoke to the alleged shoplifter, identified as Kille, and observed an “unfamiliar bulge” in the front of her pants that “did not appear to be normal.”

Tice asked Kille if she had merchandise in her pants and asked her to remove the items if she did. Kille complied with the request.

The items were Scunci H wraps jelly valued at $3 and Scunci headwrap animals also valued at $3, according to the complaint.

Tice ran a criminal history check on Kille, which showed she had a conviction for first-offense shoplifting on April 4, 2013, and a conviction for second-offense shoplifting on March 3, the complaint states.

If convicted, Kille could be sentenced to one to 10 years in the state penitentiary and fined not less than $500 nor more than $5,000. According to West Virginia state code, at least one year must be spent in confinement — either the penitentiary or home confinement — and not subject to probation.

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