Mill Creek man charged with felonies


ELKINS — A Mill Creek man is facing felony charges after being accused of breaking into a home on Chenoweth Creek Road on Sept. 10.

James Richard Norman Jr., 41, is charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny. He is currently being held in the Tygarts Valley Regional Jail on a $20,000 cash surety bond.

According to the criminal complaint prepared by Cpl. D.D. Pennington of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, a call came from Randolph County E-911 in reference to a breaking and entering in progress on Chenoweth Creek Road.

While in route the caller advised that two male subjects left the scene in a dark green or black older Chevy pickup, the complaint states. Once on scene, Pennington spoke with the caller, who said the residence belonged to her daughter. She stated that she resides down the road from her daughter and said that her grandson had called and said someone was going into their garage and taking items out of it.

The caller told police that she went to her daughter’s house and observed a truck sitting in the driveway. She stated that two males were loading items into the back of the truck and when confronted they quickly left the scene, according to the complaint. She also said her daughter’s neighbor captured the incident on video and was the person who called her grandson.

On Sept. 19, the officer was provided with a list that included all the items stolen from the garage. The owner advised that several Craftsman sockets and wrenches were stolen along with a Freeman floor nailer, Bighorn UTV rims and tires, and lineman gear. All the items combined came to a total amount of $1,240, the complaint states.

Pennington was advised by another Randolph County Sheriff’s deputy that the truck was located at Valley View MHP located in Dailey. The truck matched the photos taken and the description of the truck and the officer was advised the truck belonged to Norman, who was on parole.

Senior Deputy VanMeter conducted an interview with Norman in which he allegedly confessed to being involved in the breaking and entering at the garage, according to the complaint. Norman described in detail the events that took place and advised who the other subject with him was and said the other subject told him about the residence and that he picked him up in the early morning hours before the break-in.


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