An Alum Creek, W.Va. man was arrested in Logan County recently after he allegedly stole a vehicle and attempted to smuggle drugs into the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.
In the early morning hours of Sept. 26, Patrolman Barry Mynes, with the Chapmanville Police Department received a dispatch from Logan County 911 in reference to a stolen car at the Chapmanville Towers.
Just before 4 a.m., Mynes reports he was en-route to the Chapmanville Towers when he was contacted by Trooper N.C. Boothe, with the West Virginia State Police, who stated a vehicle matching the description of the one reported stolen had been involved in an accident.
Mynes met with Boothe and was reportedly able to confirm the vehicle involved in the crash was, indeed, the one reported as stolen.
The driver of the vehicle, Richard Alan Vance, 50, of Alum Creek, reportedly told law enforcement he had permission to use the vehicle. However, upon meeting with the victim, Mynes reports he was advised Vance did not have permission to use the vehicle.
The victim reportedly stated they woke up and realized his keys were missing. The criminal complaint filed by Mynes explains, “After being unable to locate [their] vehicle, [the victim] stated that the only person who could have taken it was…Vance.”
The next day, Boothe reports he responded to the Southwestern Regional Jail to investigate a complaint an inmate had attempted to smuggle drugs into the facility.
Boothe reports he spoke with staff at the jail and was informed that, during Vance’s processing, a corrections officer noticed Vance fumbling with an item. Corrections officers were reportedly able to recover a white pill container with several pills inside.
In all, approximately 10 intact xanax pills, several crushed xanax pills and a vynanse pill. Vance reportedly informed the staff at the jail he had brought the pills into the facility during his arrest.
Vance is charged with felony counts of grand larceny, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and transportation of a controlled substance into a correctional facility. If he is found guilty on all counts, Vance could be forced to spend between four and 23 years in a state correctionl facility and pay up to $17,500 in fines. Bond was set to $25,000.
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]