Traffic stop leads to felony charge


ELKINS — A Wheeling man is behind bars after a traffic stop by Elkins City Police Department officers.

Lindsey Jay Studer, 49, was charged with receiving/transferring stolen goods after being pulled over by two EPD patrolmen, K.A. Shiflett and D.T. Sayre, while patrolling the area of Randolph Avenue.

The officer observed a blue in color Chevrolet pickup truck while on patrol and had dispatchers check with the state Division of Motor Vehicles to determine if the registration on the vehicle was valid, according to the criminal complaint.

Officers were advised the license plate belonged to a 2003 Chevrolet pick up truck, the complaint states. Upon observing the vehicle, officers were able to determine that the truck was a much newer model than 2003. Officers then activated their emergency lights and sirens.

The VIN number led to a positive NCIC hit showing the vehicle was stolen in Upshur County on Nov. 7, 2020. Officers then identified the driver as Studer and he was taken into custody, according to the police report.

Studer allegedly told officers he had purchased the truck from a male subject at the Sheetz store in Buckhannon, but did not have any way to contact the male subject.

Studer also allegedly said a bill of sale was inside the vehicle’s glove box or center console; however, officers did not locate any bill of sale or title for the vehicle, police said.

Officers researched the vehicle on Kelly Blue Book in order to obtain an approximate value of the vehicle, the policer report states. Using the approximate mileage of 160,000 and the condition of the truck, officers then determined the value to be approximately $8,455.

Studer is being held in Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $3,000 cash bond.


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