Felony shoplifting arrest



A Logan women was recently arrested and charged with felony shoplifting after she allegedly stole merchandise from two separate Logan County businesses on the same day.

A warrant for the arrest of Tara Watts was issued June 1, after she allegedly entered the Exxon gas station on May 26 in the City of Logan and proceeded to carry out of the store two 30 packs of beer without paying. Patrolman Robert Adkins with the City of Logan Police Department responded to a call from the manager of the store regarding the theft and was reportedly able to confirm the theft through the store’s video surveillance system.

Another arrest warrant for Watts was issued on June 3 after Patrolman Jacob Miller, with the City of Logan Police Department, responded to call from Coal City Pawn Shop at Oaks Plaza regarding the theft of four necklaces.

Miller reports that Watts entered the store on May 26 with two other females — one of whom proceeded to pawn several tools. Miller reports, when the clerk took the tools to the back of the store, the store’s surveillance system caught Watts reach behind the counter, take four necklaces and leave the store without paying. The necklaces were valued at over $2,000.

Watts has been charged with a felony count of third-offense shoplifting and a felony count of grand larceny. If Watts is found guilty on both counts, she could be forced to spend between two and 20 years in state correctional facility or be fined up to $5,000 or both. Bail was set to $2,500.

• A resident of the Columbus, Ohio area was arrested in the Kistler community in Man after he allegedly brandished a weapon.

On June 6, Senior Trooper J.E. Garren and Trooper R.L. Jennings with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) responded to a dispatch from Logan County 911 for complaint of weapon brandishing. Upon arrive, Garren and Jennings were able to make contact with the alleged victim who advised them that, after a verbal argument, Lamar Nashawn Dorsey, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, brandished a handgun.

Jennings reports that a check ran through WVSP Communications revealed that Dorsey had several felony convictions including distribution of controlled substances.

Dorsey has been charged with a misdemeanor count of brandishing and a felony count of being a prohibited person in possession of a deadly weapon. If Dorsey is found guilty on both charges, he could be forced to spend up to six years in a state correctional facility or be fined up to $6,000 or both. Bail was set to $7,500.

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