TRACE FORK, W.Va. — State police arrested a man recently after being alerted to a burglary in progress.
Senior Trooper M.J. Miller, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he responded to the Logan County 911 dispatch to Trace Fork Road near Chapmanville.
Miller reports he spoke to a witness who stated they saw Jeffrey Baisden, 36, of Chapmanville, at a home in the area.
The witness reportedly explained they saw Baisden walking around to the back of the residence.
Baisden was allegedly seen with a skill saw, hammer and a crow bar that belonged to the victim.
The criminal complaint Miller notes he found the home’s rear window busted and its back door ajar.
The victim reportedly told Miller the home’s rear window was not previously damaged and the back door had previously been shut.
The defendant had reportedly obtained the tools from a building on the victim’s property.
Baisden was arrested and charged with felony charges of attempted burglary and breaking and entering into a building other than a dwelling.
If he is found guilty of all charges, Baisden could be forced to spend two to 13 years in a state correctional facility and pay $500 in fines.
Bail was set to $70,000 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]