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Two facing multiple charges

BUCKHANNON — Two people have been arrested for allegedly stealing a laptop from Aaron’s Furniture and smaller items from the Buckhannon Walmart over a several month period.

Joshua Bland, 38, of Weston, was arrested for three counts of shoplifting, third offense, all felonies, and one count of trespassing, a misdemeanor. Stephanie Goff, 27, of Roanoke, was arrested for three counts of shoplifting, third offense, all felonies.

On Jan. 22, 2020, Bland and Goff entered Aaron’s Furniture in Buckhannon, according to Lt. Doug Loudin with the Buckhannon Police Department. Bland walked towards the laptops, picked up an HP laptop valued at approximately $700 and allegedly concealed the items in his coat and walked out of the store without paying for the computer, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

“Stephanie Goff was attempting to keep the Aaron’s employee busy filling out a credit application while Josh Bland concealed the items on his person,” Loudin said.

Bland has prior convictions for shoplifting on June 9, 2020 and Aug. 22, 2019, making this the third offense of shoplifting, a felony.

On Aug. 19,2019 Patrolman Angel McCauley wrote in the criminal complaint that Bland and Goff could be seen on footage at Walmart not ringing up a bag of cat food at the self check-out.

“Joshua is seen at the self checkout holding the bag of cat food in his arms then bagging it without scanning it,” McCauley said.

Goff and Bland exited the store without paying for the cat food.

McCauley wrote in another criminal complaint that she reviewed footage from the loss prevention team at Walmart showing an alleged shoplifting incident on Aug. 20, 2019.

“I observed Joshua Bland selecting DVDs, then entering the self checkout,” she said. “Joshua holds the two movies behind toilet paper and bags the items without scanning. Joshua exits with the items he did not purchase with Stephanie Goff.

On Feb. 6, 2020, McCauley was reviewing footage from the asset protection associate at Walmart. On Jan. 23, 2020, Bland is seen in the Walmart parking lot and made contact with the asset protection associate who previously caught him shoplifting, according to the criminal complaint. Bland put his hood up and got in a vehicle to leave. Bland has had a no trespassing order at Walmart since Aug. 22, 2019.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $30,000 cash or surety for Bland’s three shoplifting counts and $500 personal recognizance for the trespassing. Hurst set bond at $30,000 for Goff’s three shoplifting counts.

Shoplifting third offense, a felony, carries a fine of not less than $500 and not to exceed $5,000 and confinement in the penitentiary of not less than one nor more than 10 years. At least one year shall actually be spent in confinement and is not subject to probation. On each count.

Trespassing carries a fine of up to $100.