Man facing grand larceny charge

ELKINS — An Elkins man is facing felony charges after a theft complaint.

Christopher L. Bombardiere, 29, is charged with grand larceny. Bond was set at $20,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Cpl. Daniel D. Pennington of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, the officer received a theft complaint on July 13 at approximately 7:25 a.m. from a Beverly residence; the caller advised Pennington that a man had stolen his medication, debit cards and tablets before leaving his home, describing the man as “tall and slender with blond hair, wearing a white shirt and wearing a gray in color backpack,” additionally advising that the man was Bombardiere and that he was walking toward Elkins.

The report states that Pennington made contact with a man matching the description as he entered Beverly, where he then spoke to the subject. According to the report, the man identified himself to the officer using a name that turned out to be false; the officer had E-911 run the name, which came back as not found.

The report states that when the officer asked the man, who was later determined to be Bombardiere, whether he had taken anything from the residence, Bombardiere replied that he had not and that he had just come from his girlfriend’s. Reportedly, Bombardiere was then searched for officer safety, at which time two Woodforest Bank cards with the alleged victim’s name printed on them were located. “Upon searching his backpack, I found a medication bottle prescribed to the victim. Also found were 2 tablets, 2 sets of headphones, a laptop computer, a cell phone charger and 2 cell phones,” said Pennington.

According to the report, Bombardiere was then transported back to the victim’s residence, where the man identified all of the listed items to be his.

“I asked the the defendant his name once again, and he provided me with the same name and date of birth,” wrote Pennington, adding that he advised E-911 to run the name Christopher Bombardiere, at which time he was advised that there was a subject with that name from Bridgeport. The report states that while speaking to Bombardiere earlier, Pennington was told that he had “just moved here from the Bridgeport area.”

According to the report, the list of stolen items provided to Pennington by the victim totaled $2,530 and that Bombardiere was transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail to await arraignment.

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