Belington man charged with burglary

ELKINS – A Belington man is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail facing multiple charges, including burglary, police said.

Michael P. Crites, 33, was arrested on one count of burglary, one count of forgery and one count of uttering, all felonies, on Friday, according to court documents.

Crites was arraigned by Magistrate George M. Riggleman and is in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on $25,000 cash or surety bond.

In November, Crites was arrested on two counts of forgery, three counts of uttering, and two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, all felonies and in December, he was arrested on one count of forgery and one count of uttering, both felonies.

On Nov. 5, 2013, Senior Trooper J. J. Cornelius responded to a burglary complaint from a man who noticed that someone had entered his residence while he was gone, the criminal complaint states. The man told Cornelius that “he noticed someone was in his residence because some mail was moved , the suitcase was open, the clothes were out of place and a panel on the dresser was moved,” according to the criminal complaint. The man reportedly said that the only thing he noticed missing was a cell phone charger and that none of his firearms nor pain medication were missing.

Cornelius asked the man if the residence was locked and was told the doors were but that the window in the bedroom does not lock. The man also said that there was no forced entry to the residence, Cornelius wrote in the complaint.

On Dec. 20, 2013, the man filed an affidavit of forgery with Mountain Valley Bank regarding his checking account, stating that a check from his account was “written on Oct. 30, 2013 for $150 payable to Michael Crites,” according to the criminal complaint. The man told Cornelius that he did not sign or write the check and provided Cornelius with a copy of the affidavit.

Cornelius was able to locate Crites, who provided a handwritten statement regarding the matter, the complaint stated. In the statement, Crites advised Cornelius that “he received” the check in question from the man on Oct. 30, 2013, according to the complaint. Crites stated “the check was payment for work performed for” the man.

Crites told police that he cashed the check at Mountain Valley Bank on the same day, the complaint stated.

Cornelius writes that on the back of the check, Mountain Valley Bank marked the check was cashed on Nov. 5, 2013.

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