BUCKHANNON – A Lewis County woman was arrested Wednesday after allegedly breaking into a home in Upshur County through a basement window.
April Linger, 28, of Weston, was arrested for burglary, a felony, following an incident that allegedly took place Wednesday, Dec. 4.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by investigating officer Cpl. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, Linger allegedly entered a home located at 124 Whispering Way without the owner’s permission and attempted to remove several items belonging to the owner and her son.
The complaint says that on Wednesday, the owner of the home arrived at the residence to check her mail when she reportedly noticed a shovel lying on the ground and the side basement window open. She then entered her residence through the front door, at which point she reportedly met Linger.
She told Linger to get out of residence, had her sit down and then called the E911 Upshur County Communication Center. When Caynor arrived on scene, he spoke to the owner, and together, the two looked through the house and allegedly “found where several things in the house were gone [through] and moved,” the complaint states.
Caynor subsequently searched Linger and allegedly found a wallet, keys and a commemorative military knife in her pockets, which the homeowner identified as belonging to her and her son.
Caynor arrested Linger on one felony count of burglary and Upshur County Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $25,000 cash or surety.
The penalty for a conviction of burglary is imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term of one to 15 years.