Man arrested for alleged burglary, stalking after police discover him sleeping on couch

FRENCH CREEK – An Upshur County man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a home, taking several items and sleeping on the couch.

Jerry Dunlavy, 26, of Buckhannon, was arrested March 3 for burglary, a felony, and stalking, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Deputy Seth Cutright with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, on March 3, Lt. Marshall Powers, also with the sheriff’s department, and Cutright responded to a removal of an unwanted individual call at a residence along Route 20 South Road in French Creek.

After arriving on scene, Cutright located Dunlavy in the house, allegedly sleeping on the couch in the living room. Cutright told Dunlavy he was not allowed on the property and removed him. Officers determined he had entered through a garage door window and were advised knick-knacks were taken; they also reportedly found Dunlavy’s jacket, which allegedly contained hydrocodeine, on the basement steps.

Officers then arrested Dunlavy on the Alton Road on a warrant from Lewis County. He was allegedly found with a coin case containing one 50-cent piece, one quarter, one dime, one nickel, one penny, a U.S. pin medal and a USN pin medal, all allegedly taken from the house, the file says.

Bail was set at $10,000, and as of Sunday, Dunlavy was no longer listed on the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority website.

The penalty for a conviction of burglary is confinement in a state correctional facility for not less than one nor more than 15 years, while the penalty for a conviction of stalking is a fine of not more than $1,000, confinement in jail for not more than six months or both.

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