BUCKHANNON – A Weston man was arrested this week after allegedly stealing several items from a garage and taking an ATV without the owner’s permission.
Nathaniel Carroll, 29, of Weston W.Va. was arrested Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 on several charges related to incidents that allegedly occurred in late October 2019, including destruction of property, a misdemeanor; grand larceny, a felony; breaking-and-entering, a felony; and obstructing an officer, a misdemeanor.
According to a criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Cpl. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, on Oct. 26, 2019 Carroll allegedly took an ATV, a 2000 orange Honda Ranger, from a residence on the Trainer Road. Carroll did not have permission to take the vehicle and when he did, he allegedly broke the ignition switch and cut wires to bypass it and drive the vehicle, the file says.
According to a second criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Deputy Tyler Gordon with the UCSO, on the previous day, Oct. 25, 2019, Gordon took a criminal report from another individual regarding items that had been stolen from inside his garage. Miller reportedly arrived home at 4 p.m. that day to find approximately $2,791 in goods had been taken from his detached garage, the file says.
Then, on Oct. 28, 2019, Caynor and another officer responded to a call for service regarding the stolen ATV. Upon arriving on scene, officers were advised that the owner of the cabin was allowing Carroll to stay inside the cabin. However, officers observed several unusual items stacked in the living room of the cabin, which they believed indicated Carroll was preparing to leave, the complaint says.
The cabin’s owner told police the property in the living room did not belong to him, and according to the report, Carroll and his girlfriend were staying at the cabin from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, 2019.
Gordon met the cabin’s owner and the individual who owned the stolen ATV to recover the property, and the deputy photographed, documented and took video footage with a body camera of the cabin and its contents. Gordon recovered all the stolen property except a winch valued at $175 and a chainsaw valued at $770.
Bail was set at $25,000 cash or surety, and as of Saturday afternoon, Carroll remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.
If convicted, Carroll faces confinement in jail for not more than one year, a fine of not more than $500 or both for destruction of property. He also faces confinement in penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years or in the discretion of the court, faces confinement in jail for up to one year and a fine of not more than $2,500 for grand larceny.
He also faces confinement in the state penitentiary for not less than one nor more than 10 years for breaking-and-entering. In addition, faces confinement in jail for up to one year, a fine ranging from $50 to $500 or both for obstructing an officer.