Buckhannon mayor’s son accused of stealing from his father

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon resident who was charged last week in the Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit’s drug bust is now facing additional charges.

Connor Bryan McCauley, the son of Buckhannon Mayor David McCauley, was one of more than 20 individuals charged last week for alleged drug activity in Upshur County. As a result of the raid, he was charged for delivery of a controlled substance.

Now the 28-year-old is facing petit larceny and grand larceny charges for allegedly stealing items from his father.

According to the criminal complaint, Marshall O’Connor, with the Buckhannon Police Department, was advised by the mayor that he had been missing a firearm and bayonet since the beginning August. O’Connor was also advised that other items were missing, including autographed photos and records that were taken at the end of August or the beginning of September 2017.

O’Connor was able to locate the autographed items at Pre-Played Media. Twenty-two items with a total out-of-pocket cost to the alleged victim of $2,550 were recovered, according to the police report.

According to the report, Connor McCauley admitted to taking the autographed items and pawning them.

Police were able to recover the stolen firearm from an uninvolved party who allegedly said that Connor McCauley had traded it for other property.

During an interview with police, Connor McCauley admitted to taking the firearm and trading both the firearm and bayonet to different people, reads the complaint. The approximate cost of the item is $500.

Records indicate that Connor McCauley’s bond was set at $15,000.

During a recent Buckhannon Council meeting, Mayor McCauley addressed his son’s charges and the affects of addiction.

“Connor’s battled addiction for the past several years now, and those of you who know me well, know my family has tried to fight the good fight to get him help and end this scourge,” he said. “Sometimes when a person is confronted with something so overwhelming, like addiction — there has to be a bottoming out, a wake-up call, an epiphany, a catharsis, a life-altering event, whatever you want to call it — before that person can begin to heal. I’m hopeful that this is my son’s wake-up call.”

The mayor went onto say, “Some well-intending folks have mentioned to me already that they’re sorry for the shame, humiliation, embarrassment that I must be feeling about this situation. I can only tell you from the deepest place in my heart, that of all of the possible human emotions and sensations, I could not care less about feelings for myself. I don’t care about how I’m judged by others about this ordeal. I’m simply profoundly sad for Connor. I’m grieving for my son and I lament the bad choices he has made.

“I will remain ever hopeful that somehow he will survive this disease and return to playing music, doing wood projects, walking his dog and getting healthy.”

Attending last week’s council meeting was Matt Kerner, executive director for Opportunity House, who commended the mayor for being open about how addiction affects more than just the addict.

“I’d like to thank the mayor for his courage with talking about how this is affecting his family,” he said. “That is something that we’ve been trying to encourage for years because really the stigma and people not wanting to talk about is one of the biggest barriers to treatment and recovery.”