GILBERT – James Eric Runyon, 36 of Gilbert was arrested by Senior Trooper J.D. Matheny and Trooper First Class J.K. Harris of the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) on charges related to grand larceny, petit larceny, and breaking and entering.
According to a criminal complaint filed by Senior Trooper Matheny, Runyon entered an outbuilding owned by Timothy Hatfield and took a duffel bag containing miscellaneous ropes, pulleys, ratchet straps and a four inch grinder.
Also taken from the outbuilding was a Shakespeare Fishing pole. The property was valued at approximately $238.
Senior Trooper Matheny obtained a statement from an individual that purchased the stolen property from Runyon.
Upon questioning, Runyon provided an audio statement to Trooper Matheny admitting to the petit larceny and breaking and entering.
Another criminal complaint filed by Trooper First Class J. K. Harris, accused Runyon of the grand larceny charge after the victim, Ralph Johnson reported that an unknown suspect had stolen his white 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck.
The estimated personal property value of the truck was $35,000.
Johnson said the truck was parked in front of his residence. Johnson also stated that the pick- up truck contained two Stihl 661c chain saws, a .357 revolver, an Apple IPhone and a hunting/game camera with card reading equipment which was also stolen.
The estimated personal property value of the property contained in the truck was $1,200.
During the course of the investigation, Senior Trooper Matheny collaborated with Trooper First Class J.K Harris.
Matheny was investigating the breaking and entering which had occurred the same night.
The investigation produced an eye witness that identified Runyon, who had attempted to sell him the property stolen during the breaking and entering.
A second witness also said that he had purchased property from Runyon which he provided to Senior Trooper Matheny.
The property was later identified by victim, Timothy Hatfield.
A third witness also identified Runyon and placed him in possession of a Stihl 661C chain saw which was stolen from the back of the Chevrolet Silverado owned by Ralph Johnson.
The witness was able to direct Trooper Matheny to the location of the chainsaw. The chainsaw was identified by the victim, Ralph Johnson by the serial number as being one of the two chainsaws stolen from the back of the pick- up truck.
The stolen pick- up truck was recovered by Virginia State Police after being found wrecked in a creek. The truck was later deemed a total loss by victim Ralph Johnson’s insurance company.
On Sept. 16, Trooper First Class J. K Harris and Senior Trooper Matheny interviewed Runyon.
During the interview, Runyon admitted to being responsible to the theft of the truck but denied having any knowledge of the location of the remaining stolen property.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)