Man arrested after allegedly stealing items from Stoney Run Storage

BUCKHANNON – A Salem man was arrested this week after allegedly stealing items from a storage unit in Upshur County.

Benjamin Gain, 40, of Salem, W.Va. was arrested for grand larceny on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, on Feb. 27, 2022, deputy Dakota Linger with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office received a call concerning a breaking and entering at Stoney Run Storage.

Linger contacted the victim, who said his storage unit was broken into and a new Husqvarna chainsaw, box of tools, bolt cutters, hunting clothes, hunting boots, two trail cameras, hunting backpack and a green ammo box was stolen. The total estimated value of the stolen items was approximately $2,000.

While Linger was talking to the victim, a witness approached Linger said she saw a woman and a man take everything from the storage unit three days prior before driving off in a maroon Subaru Forester. The witness recognized the woman and her vehicle and gave Linger her name, the file states.

The deputy found the woman’s address in Upshur County and questioned her about the incident.

“She advised this officer that she was at the storage units helping a friend name Benjamin Gain, hereafter the defendant, get some stuff from a storage unit,” Linger wrote in the complaint.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety by Upshur County Magistrate Mark Davis.

The potential penalty for grand larceny is confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for not more than one year and a fine of not more than $2,500.

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