A resident of Whitman was arrested July 15 on charges stemming from thee separate warrants involving theft and stolen property.
A criminal complaint filed by Patrolman J.D. Adkins, with the City of Logan Police Department, alleges that over six days in late May and early June 2015, Darren Len Gore, 50, of Whitman, managed to steal over $2,000 in merchandise from the Walmart at the Fountain Place Mall.
On the days of May 31, June 1, 6, and 10, Gore is alleged to have stolen four pressure washers each valued at around $230. On June 13, Gore reportedly was able to leave Walmart with three lawnmowers valued at $582, and on June 15, Gore is reported to have taken an air conditioner valued at $279.
C.S. Maynard with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) was dispatched to a home on Holden Road in Logan County in reference to a complaint of stolen property.
Upon arrival, Maynard was reportedly advised by the victim a trimmer, leaf blower and car jack with a total value of around $500 had been stolen from a garage. The victim further reported to have captured a recording of the suspect on a hidden trail camera. The suspect, later determined to be Gore was seen in the recording placing the car jack into his vehicle.
Maynard, along with Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the WVSP, was able to make contact with Gore and most of the property was recovered.
Maynard and Hannon report they verbally mirandized Gore before they were able to obtain a confession stating Gore had stolen car jack and an air compressor from the home on Holden Road.
On June 17, another warrant for Gore’s arrest was issued involving an incident in April, 2015 where Gore is alleged to have received stolen property. No other details of that incident can be provided at this time.
Gore is charged with a felony count of larceny through fraudulent schemes and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and receiving stolen property. If Gore is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend between three and 13 years in state correctional facility and pay up up to $7,500 in fines. Bond was set to $10,500.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]