Huttonsville woman facing felony charge


ELKINS — A Randolph County woman has been charged with a felony after allegedly being caught attempting to steal items from a store.

Misty Dawn Armstrong, 39, of Huttonsville, is charged with one felony count of third-offense shoplifting. She is incarcerated at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $10,000 cash or surety bond, set by Randolph County Chief Magistrate George M. “Mike” Riggleman.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Randolph County Magistrate Court, at approximately 5:50 p.m. on Sept. 21, Randolph County Sheriff’s Office Deputies S.D. Kyle and A.B. Beverly were dispatched to the Dollar General Store in Beverly for a shoplifting complaint.

Upon arrival, Kyle spoke to a store employee who said she witnessed a female concealing items in her purse while in the store, police said. The employee added the female was still in the back of the store.

Kyle spoke with the female and identified her as Armstrong. He told her he was there for a possible shoplifting complaint and asked her if she had concealed any items from the store in the bag she was holding at the time. Armstrong said she did conceal some items in her bag and she did not intend to pay for the items, the complaint states.

Armstrong opened the bag she was holding and officers observed several items inside that were in the original packaging. She added she had taken the items from the store, which totaled $78.18, according to the complaint.

Randolph County E-911 told officers that Armstrong had one prior conviction for shoplifting with an arrest date of Oct. 31, 2014, and a citation for shoplifting, second offense.

On Sept. 22, Kyle discovered through Randolph County Magistrate Court that Armstrong had pleaded guilty to a shoplifting, first offense, charge on Nov. 10, 2014, and also pleaded guilty to another shoplifting, first offense, charge on March 19, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Armstrong 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.