Woman faces felony charge

ELKINS — An Elkins woman is behind bars after allegedly stealing batteries from a local convenience store.

Breanna Arlene Radcliff, 31, is charged with one felony count of shoplifting, third offense. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, on May 10, Elkins Police Department Patrolman K.A. Shiflett received a complaint from GoMart, located along Railroad Avenue in Elkins, in reference to a shoplifting that allegedly occurred a week prior.

Shiflett received a written statement from a cashier who said she found an empty battery package in the restroom trash, police said.

The discovery prompted her to watch surveillance videos and, at approximate 1:30 a.m. May 4, Radcliff was observed to place two packs of batteries in her purse and then enter the bathroom, the complaint states. The value of both packages totaled $11.58.

Court documents indicate Radcliff has two previous shoplifting convictions dated Feb. 20, 2014, and Feb. 6, 2018, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Radcliff 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.