Buckhannon woman faces felony after allegedly taking $16 headphones, her third shoplifting charge

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman was arrested this week after allegedly stealing headphones from Speedway in May.

Katie Grogg, 26, of Buckhannon, was arrested for shoplifting third offense, a felony.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by patrolman Jonathon Warner with the Buckhannon Police Department, on Thursday, May 11, 2023, an employee at Speedway told offices a woman came into the store at approximately 12:53 a.m. the day before — May 10, 2023 — and made her way to the headphone isle and selected two pairs. She then allegedly walked to the back of the store and came back to the front with only one item and returned to the headphone aisle.

“The female turned away, concealing the headphones in her hand, and went into the bathroom for less than a minute, then exited the store,” Warner wrote in the complaint.

The employee allegedly found an empty headphone package hidden inside the toilet’s water tank. The value of the headphones was $15.99.

The next day, the woman, later identified as Katie Elizabeth Grogg, came back to Speedway and was asked to pay for the item she allegedly shoplifted the night before or law enforcement would be called, the employee told officers.

“She left once confronted,” Warner wrote in the report.

Grogg was convicted of shoplifting first offense on May 27, 2022, and shoplifting second offense on Dec. 7, 2022, Grogg pleaded guilty to both charges.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety by Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder. The potential penalty for shoplifting third offense is a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 and confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years.

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