LOGAN — A recent shoplifting arrest at a Logan County business led to further charges after law enforcement reportedly found the alleged thief had driven to the store with a revoked license.
At the time, the defendant was reportedly out on bond on an unrelated charged.
On Jan. 2, Senior Trooper R.E. Stowers, with the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) reports he responded to a dispatch for a shoplifter at the Dollar General.
Upon his arrival, Stowers reports he made contact with the store manager who had Lisa Whitt, 47, of Pecks Mill in their office, and during questioning, Whitt allegedly admitted to taking items which totaled at $58.57 in value.
The criminal complaint filed by Stowers further states, “This officer asked the defendant how she had traveled to the store…she advised…she had driven and showed this officer her vehicle.”
During contact with WVSP Communications, Stowers reports he was notified Whitt had a previous shoplifting conviction from 1989 and her license was currently revoked for an active DUI.
Whitt was also reportedly admitted she did not have insurance or registration for her vehicle.
The criminal complaint adds, “While placed into custody, [Stowers] observed the defendant remove pair of socks from her pants and attempt to hide it this officer’s vehicle.”
Whitt has been charged with misdemeanor counts of second-offense shoplifting, obstructing, not having proof of insurance or registration and driving on a DUI-revoked license.
If she is found guilty on all charges, Whitt could be forced to spend 2.5 years in a state correctional facility and pay up to $2,000 in fines.
Because she was reportedly out on bond on another charge, a hold was placed on Whitt’s bond in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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]