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Clarksburg woman arrested for third-offense shoplifting for allegedly stealing socks, Mountain Dew

BUCKHANNON – A Clarksburg woman was arrested Monday in Marion County for allegedly attempting to steal two packs of socks and a Mountain Dew from Buckhannon Walmart.

Laciana D. Roush, 45, of Clarksburg, was arrested for third-offense shoplifting, a felony, on a warrant issued out of Upshur County for an incident that allegedly occurred in September 2020 at Walmart.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department, Roush was originally charged with shoplifting Sept. 8, 2020. On that date, the criminal complaint says the Posey was dispatched to Buckhannon Walmart in reference to a shoplifting complaint when the store’s loss prevention manager reportedly witnesses Roush “conceal two packs of socks and a bottle of Mountain Dew” in her purse.

The total value of the merchandise was $20.86, the file says.

The manager took her in the back for processing and called Posey.

Lt. Doug Loudin said this week that Posey subsequently discovered Roush had two prior convictions of shoplifting in Marion County with dates of Aug. 11, 2016 and March 21, 2017 and consequently issued a felony warrant for her arrest. Law enforcement in Marion County arrested her on the warrant Monday, April 5, and she remains in the North Central Regional Jail on a $30,000 bond.

According to West Virginia Code, regardless of the value of the merchandise taken, third-offense shoplifting qualifies as a felony, and the penalty for a conviction of third-offense shoplifting is a fine of $500, imprisonment in the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years with one year actually spent in confinement and not subject to probation.

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