LOGAN — A would-be Christmas tree thief was recently arrested by officers from the Logan Police Department.
On Dec. 13, Patrolmen J.M. Miller and K.R. Conley report they received a call from a witness who claimed to have seen a female attempting to steal a Christmas tree from Walmart at Fountain Place Mall in Logan.
The witness reportedly advised authorities they saw the female get into a green pickup truck with two males and travel southbound of US rt. 119.
Miller and Conley reportedly found the vehicle traveling on State rt. 73 and initiated a traffic stop.
Officers report they found a male behind the wheel of the truck. The male allegedly told officers his name was Brandon Allen Thomas; however, upon further investigation, officers were able to find out the driver’s real name was Brandon Thomas Frye, 30, of Barboursville, W.Va.
Frye allegedly informed officers he did not have a driver’s license.
After checking Frye’s background, Miller and Conley report they were informed Frye had active warrants in Cabell County, W.Va.
During a search of the pickup, Miller and Conley reportedly found a bicycle in the truck’s bed,
Frye allegedly admitted he had stolen the bicycle worth around $200 from Walmart.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and Frye was transported back to Walmart for further questioning.
After questioning, Frye was transported to Logan City Hall for processing and then to the South Western Regional Jail in Holden, W.Va.
Frye is charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing an officer, shoplifting and driving on suspended license.
If he is found guilty on all charges, Frye could be forced to spend up to one year in a state correctional facility and pay between $400 and $1,250 in fines.
Bond was set to $3,500 in Logan County Magistrate Court; however, a hold was placed on Frye’s bond pending his arraignment on the warrants sworn out for him in Cabell County.
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]