Two Logan County residents were arrested recently after items that were allegedly stolen turned up at local pawn shops.
Between Sept. 1, 2014 and July 24, 2015, Jennifer Blankenship, 31, of Harts rented a basement apartment that granted her access to the landlord’s residence. During the time of her residency, the landlord noticed several items of value had turned up missing. In all, the landlord reports around $2,800 worth of property including a Canon camera, lens and a gold coin was missing.
Segeant J.C. Dotson, with the West Virginia State Police, investigated the crime and eventually discovered the Canon camera and lens worth around $900 had been pawned for $65 by Eric David Fraley, 34, of Whitman. Dotson was also able to locate a necklace and the gold coin believed to belong to the victim at another pawn shop. The pawn receipt for the necklace and gold coin was also made out to Fraley.
Dotson was able to track Fraley down, and during questioning, Fraley reportedly admitted Blankenship had sold the items to him for $60. The criminal complaints filed by Dotson against Fraley state, “[Fraley] received the item from Jennifer Blankenship during the month of June 2015 knowing the item was stolen.”
Fraley also had a warrant for his arrest relating to an Oct., 2014 burglary. In that case, Fraley is alleged to have stolen 12 silver bars worth around $1,200 and $12,000 in currency from a resident of the city of Logan.
Blankenship is charged with a felony count of grand larceny. If she is found guilty on all charges, Blankenship could be forced to spend between one and 10 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,500 in fines. Bond was set to $3,500.
Fraley is charged with three misdemeanor counts of receiving or transferring stolen property and felony counts of daytime burglary and grand larceny. If Fraley is found guilty on all charges, he could be forced to spend between three and 30 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $10,000 fines. Bond was set to $7,500.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]