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Elkins man facing felony charge

ELKINS — An Elkins man is facing felony charges after an incident at the Busy Beaver store.

William Johns, 42, is charged with shoplifting third offense. Bond was set for $30,000 cash only by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Cpl. D.D. Pennington, he, along with Deputy T.J. Knotts, responded to the Busy Beaver store in Elkins at approximately 12:26 p.m. on June 20, where they were informed by employees that they believed an unknown male was concealing items. The report states that when confronted, the male subject left on foot– leaving the vehicle he had arrived in behind.

“I was later advised by a Busy Beaver employee that the suspect shoplifting stole work boots from the store by taking off the shoes he entered the store with and placing the boots on his feet. They advised that one of the suspect’s shoes was found lying on a shelf. They believe he was trying to conceal his shoes before being questioned and leaving the store,” wrote Pennington.

The report states that Pennington returned to Busy Beaver on June 24 in order to retrieve copies of videos and photographs of the suspect, at which time an employee advised him that the subject’s last name was Johns.

“Upon observing the photos from the surveillance, the subject on the photos appeared to be William (Billy) Johns,” wrote Pennington.

According to the report, a statement was obtained as well as the receipt for the only stolen item they could account for — a pair of Cabo boots retailing at $99.99.

“Also the photos provided to me show the suspect coming into the store wearing black tennis shoes and exiting with boots. They did recover 1 black puma shoe that the suspect took off and placed inside the boot box. The shoe was turned over to me as evidence,” said Pennington.

The report states that Pennington traveled to John’s residence, where he observed the same vehicle that was left in the Busy Beaver parking lot in the driveway. According to Pennington, he found that John had two prior shoplifting offenses when he checked his criminal history.

If convicted, Johns could be facing up to 10 years in prison.