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Woman arrested on third offense shoplifting charge

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman was arrested after allegedly shoplifting items from a local convenience store last month.

Kayla Miller, 33, of Buckhannon, was arrested for shoplifting, third offense.

According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office filed by trooper C.C. Jones with the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police, on Dec. 27, 2023, at approximately 3:42 p.m., Jones received a report via Upshur County 911 of shoplifting at the Par Mar store located on the Tallmansville Road.

Jones spoke with an employee at the store who said a female subject allegedly stole items from the store and left in an unknown direction. The employee advised the shoplifting was captured on their security cameras.

Jones and Cpl. Turansky responded to the store and viewed their security camera footage. A female subject, later identified as Miller, was seen allegedly taking items from the store shelves and placing them into a bag she was carrying. According to the report, Miller left the store without paying for any items, which amounted to $18.04.

Miller was previously convicted of shoplifting on April 4, 2017, and Oct. 1, 2019, in Upshur County, making this a third offense shoplifting, the complaint notes.

Bail was set at $10,000 cash or surety by Upshur County Magistrate Alan Suder.

The potential penalty for shoplifting third offense is a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 and confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years.

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