Roger Wayne Ellis, 28, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday during Magistrate Court on charges of daytime burglary, grand larceny and receiving and transferring stolen goods.
West Virginia Senior Trooper L.T. Goldie, Jr. states in the criminal complaint that the accused allegedly entered the residence of neighbor Gary Carson Cline by force, through a kitchen window sometime between Feb. 16 to Feb. 27.
Police say items stolen from Cline’s residence and garage are valued at $1,758.
Ellis allegedly sold a Stihl weed-eater to Ben Creek native Ron Breeden. This item was listed as being stolen from Cline as well as a brown Harley Davidson coat Breeden says Ellis tried to sell him.
Cline’s brother, Michael, said he spoke with the defendant’s sister, Jodi Ellis on the phone and said he could hear Ellis in the background admitting to the crime.
Michael Cline alleges Jodi Ellis asked him not to involve police. He said she told him that the accused was out of jail on bond and would go back if police discovered he was the offender.
The case against Chattaroy resident Jared Perry was continued during court proceedings.
The 29-year-old is charged with conspiracy, forgery and uttering as well as obtaining money under false pretenses.
MCSD Sgt. Joe Smith sated Perry allegedly conspired with Tonya Perry on March 13 to forge a check belonging to Jerry Wellmans. Smith accuses the two of taking the forged check to BB&T bank in Williamson and receiving $1,300.
Williamson local Donald Thomas Willis, 33, was charged with nighttime burglary, fleeing no vehicle and battery on a police officer.
He pleaded guilty to petit larceny a well as battery on a police officer. Magistrate Dee Sidebottom sentenced Willis to one year on each count to run concurrent. The state agreed to drop the fleeing.
The charges stem from a March 28 incident when police allege the defendant unlawfully entered the home of deceased Andy Miller.
MCSD K-9 Dep. C.G. Endicott, deputies L.J. Thomas, B.A. Moore and C. Haynes say they found the defendant inside the residence attempting to put “stuff into his pockets.”
Police say when asked to show his hands, Willis refused and lunged at the officers allegedly trying to flee the home.
Officers say Willis became combative and swung his fist at them. He then allegedly ran out of the back door. Officers pursued the defendant on foot, catching him and finally placing him into custody.
Prosecutor for the state was Jeff Simpkins.