Preston County man arrested for alleged grand larceny of UTV

BUCKHANNON – A Preston County man was recently arrested after allegedly stealing a UTV from a garage in Upshur County.

Timothy Henry, 33, of Independence W.Va., was arrested for entering without breaking, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony, all felonies, connected to an incident that allegedly took place last week.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer senior Trooper P.J. Robinette with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, on Tuesday Oct. 27, at approximately 9:20 a.m., Sgt. C.B. Shrader and Robinette responded to Upper Pecks Run Road in reference to a grand larceny complaint.

Upon arrival, Robinette spoke with a man who said his UTV was stolen at 4:14 a.m. The man reportedly told police the incident was captured on a security camera, which showed the theft occurred between 4:14 and 4:18 a.m., the file says. The victim provided Robinette with an invoice that showed the UTV cost $11,680.90 and noted the UTV was an orange and black 2020 Kawasaki.

The owner of the UTV also had a windshield, roof, winch and 20-inch light bar on the front, which raised the value to over $13,000, Robinette wrote in the report.

The report alleges the video shows two seemingly male individuals approaching the UTV owner’s garage building from behind and gaining entry to the garage through an unsecured door. The file says the two people were allegedly seen lifting the garage door a short time later.

One individual is seen pushing the UTV out of the garage while one sat on the driver’s seat. The second individual got in the passenger seat and the UTV drove away, Robinette wrote in the complaint.

According to the report, Henry allegedly admitted to stealing the UTV and said he was accompanied by another person. Henry told police he was the person who drove the UTV off the property, the file says.

Henry was detained by the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, while returning to the stolen UTV, which the two individuals had reportedly hidden on a mountain side off No. 5 Mine Hollow Road, according to the complaint.

Bail was set at $30,000.

The potential penalty for a conviction of entering without breaking is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than 10 years. The potential penalty for a conviction of grand larceny is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or, in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for up to one year and a fine of not more than $2,500. Meanwhile, the potential penalty for conspiracy to commit a felony is confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than five years or a fine of not more than $10,000 or both.

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