Randolph couple facing charges

ELKINS — Two Randolph County individuals are facing charges after allegedly being caught attempting to steal merchandise from a local store and being in possession of a firearm and syringes.

Lindsay Martin Stalnaker, 34, of Mill Creek, is charged with one felony count of third-offense shoplifting. He is free on a $20,000 cash or property bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Rob Elbon.

Krystal Ann Dellagatta is charged with one misdemeanor count of driving suspended, first offense; one misdemeanor count of prohibited person in possession of a firearm; one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a license; one misdemeanor count of improper registration; and one misdemeanor count of no insurance. She is free on a $15,000 cash or property bond.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 5:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Trooper 1st Class C.E. Elliott, of the West Virginia State Police, received a complaint about a shoplifter at Dollar General Store in Beverly. He was advised the male suspect was wearing a camouflage jacket, blue jeans and was still in the store.

At approximately 5:37 p.m. Elliott located the male individual and identified him to be Stalnaker. He searched him and Stalnaker advised he was in possession of marijuana, according to the complaint.

During the search, Elliott located what he believed to be merchandise, namely a black pair of gloves that still had a price tag attached. Elliott also found two uncapped hypodermic needles.

Elliott also located a shoulder holster on Stalnaker; however, there was no gun in it. When asked where the gun was, Stalnaker said it was in his car, the complaint states.

A criminal history check of Stalnaker revealed a conviction for second-offense shoplifting on Aug. 2, 2016, according to the complaint.

While interacting with Stalnaker, his girlfriend — Dellagatta — approached Elliott and also was searched.

Dellagatta told Elliott the firearm was located inside the vehicle and gave him consent to search the automobile.

While searching the vehicle, Elliott located the firearm along with three fraudulent West Virginia identification cards and a hypodermic needle, which contained a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, the complaint states.

Elliott conducted a license verification for Dellagatta, which showed her license had been suspended for unpaid citations on Dec. 23, 2016. She had no prior convictions for driving while suspended.

The license plate registration also came back as improper, and Elliott was unable to locate proof of insurance for the vehicle.

Dellagatta told Elliott she last used methamphetamine intravenously one week prior. She also has two prior drug possession convictions on June 2, 2016, and Dec. 7, 2016, according to the complaint.

Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputy E.R. Canfield assisted Elliott at the scene.