Man who allegedly stole speakers sitting on dolly arrested for grand larceny

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County man was arrested earlier this week for grand larceny after he allegedly stole speakers worth more than $1,000.

Benjamin Nolan, 30, of Buckhannon, was arrested Tuesday for one count of grand larceny, a felony, on Feb. 22 in connection with a Jan. 10, 2022, incident in which he allegedly took speakers and stands that did not belong to him from a Morton Avenue residence.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Patrolman First Class Angel McCauley, on Jan. 11, 2022, McCauley responded to a Morton Avenue residence where a man, John Cowger, informed her “a large number of items had been stolen.”

“The next day, John mentioned to me that he had talked to the neighbors and the neighbor stated [Nolan] had the speakers in his possession” at his residence on Third Street in Buckhannon, the complaint states. The file goes on to say the neighbor told Cowger, the owner of the speakers, that Nolan had allegedly showed them to him and offered to sell them to the neighbor. However, the neighbor declined “because he deals with car stereos,” according to the police report.

After obtaining a signed search warrant, McCauley recovered the speakers, and when asked where he got the speakers, Nolan reportedly told police, “They were on a dolly outside, so I took them,” the police report states.

The speakers were worth approximately $1,200 to $1,400, according to the file.

Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety, and as of Thursday afternoon, Nolan remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, according to the W.Va. Regional Jail & Correctional Facility Authority.

The penalty for a conviction of grand larceny is imprisonment for up to 10 years in the state penitentiary, or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for not more than one year and a fine of up to $2,500.

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