Upshur man charged with grand larceny


BUCKHANNON — An Upshur County man has been arrested for allegedly stealing items from storage units.

John Anthony Lawrence, 32, of Rock Cave, was arrested for grand larceny, a felony, breaking and entering, and two counts of conspiracy, all felonies.

Trooper J.S. Tonkin with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police took the initial complaint on Feb. 17 of multiple storage units being broken into at 5 Halifax St. in Buckhannon. The complainant had made contact with and male and female in a brown Chevy Tahoe.

On that same day, Tonkin spoke with one of the victims, Janie Alexander, who advised his unit had multiple items missing including a Barnett Recruit cross bow valued at approximately $300 and a Hoyt Maxxiz Compound Bow valued at approximately $1,500.

Tonkin found information that Lawrence drove a vehicle matching the description given earlier and he and Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette and Deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department drove to the Lawrence residence in Rock Cave and found the Chevy Tahoe completely full of items including cut pad locks.

Lawrence allegedly admitted to Tonkin that he and his wife, Heather Lawrence, had broken into the storage units and taken multiple items.

Heather Lawrence gave consent to search the residence and admitted that the couple had broken into the storage units three days prior and also stolen items. The cross bow and compound bow were both recovered from the residence, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $60,000.

Grand larceny carries confinement of one to 10 years, or in the discretion of the court, be confined in jail for up to one year and fined. Conspiracy carries confinement of one to five years and/or a fine up to $10,000 for each count. The penalty for breaking and entering is confinement for one to 10 years.


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