Two Elkins residents remained in jail Tuesday - each on a $10,000 cash only bond - after they were arrested for burglary over the weekend.
Jeremy Lee Summerfield, 19, and Ashley Nikole Harrelson, 20, allegedly broke into a Beverly Manor apartment and removed a 46-inch television Saturday night, police said.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, Cpl. A.G. Vanscoy with the Randolph County Sheriff's Office received a stolen property complaint from Cassandra Dias via the E-911 Center at about 9 p.m.
When Vanscoy arrived at Dias' residence - located in building 185A of Beverly Manor Apartments - he noticed footprints on the apartment's front door and several fingerprints on one of the bedroom windows, according to the complaint. Vanscoy also saw bedroom drawers opened "and the contents disturbed," he reported.
Dias told Vanscoy that her 46-inch Toshiba television had been stolen. When Dias, Vanscoy and Cpl. B.A. Talkington with the Elkins Police Department reviewed tape from the Beverly Manor's security cameras, they allegedly saw three people drive into the Beverly Manor parking lot and get out of a white Dodge Caliber. The tape showed Summerfield allegedly "travel to the bedroom window area of Dias' apartment" and subsequently exit the front entrance of the apartment building carrying a television and an item police could not identify, Vanscoy wrote.
Police also saw Harrelson allegedly emerge from the apartment via the bedroom window, the complaint states.
Dias told officers that she had been the target of a hit-and-run accident earlier in the day involving the same white Dodge Caliber visible on the security tape; Dias said her vehicle sustained a broken passenger side mirror from the incident, according to the complaint.
Dias also informed officers that she'd been receiving "several calls and text messages of a threatening manner" from Summerfield and Harrelson throughout Saturday evening.
In a separate incident that occurred later, Vanscoy and Talkington were dispatched to an area near the McDonald's at the intersection of Randolph Avenue and 11th Street, where they found Summerfield and Harrelson in a white Dodge Caliber with passenger-side damage, "particularly a mirror with damage consistent with the mirror piece obtained from Dias," the complaint states.
Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady told The Inter-Mountain Tuesday that Summerfield and Harrelson may also be linked to an attempted breaking-and-entering that took place at Wheeler's Sporting Goods over the weekend. The West Virginia State Police are investigating the attempted breaking-and-entering, Brady said. No charges had been filed in magistrate court relative to that case as of Tuesday.
"With the cooperation of the Elkins Police Department, the Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the West Virginia State Police, we were able to solve several crimes," Brady said Tuesday morning.
The penalty for a conviction of burglary, a felony, is a term of one to 15 years in the state penitentiary.
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