LOGAN, W.Va. — Two people, one on parole and one on probation, were charged on January 6 for several charges, including burglary.
According to the criminal complaint, West Virginia State Senior Trooper J.G. Honaker was assisting the parole office in locating a suspect in the Pecks Mill area with a GPS (Global Positioning System) tracker. Upon arrival at the location provided by the GPS, officers were informed by Logan County 911 of a burglary that had occurred at the same residence.
The victim reportedly told officers that his back door had been forced open and was unsure of what all was taken. Officers also were also advised that a silver vehicle had been seen in the area of the victim’s residence that day.
A short time later, Honaker reports that he conducted a traffic stop on a silver Toyota Corolla with a defective windshield that was pulling out of the same area.
Honaker found the driver to be Michael Runyon, 35, of Whitman, and the passenger to be Alisha Burton, 31, also of Whitman.
Honaker alleges that the couple was acting very suspicious and nervous. He conducted an officer safety search and allegedly located a large amount of jewelry and medication in several different bottles with different names on said bottles.
Honaker performed a field sobriety test on Runyon which he failed. Both Runyon and Burton were transported to the WVSP Logan Detachment where they gave consent for officers to search their vehicle.
During the search of the vehicle, Honaker reportedly located multiple items that matched the description of another burglary that same day. Among the items located was a hand gun stolen from the second victim.
Honaker reports that both Runyon and Burton were convicted felons.
Runyon was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of conspiracy, DUI, possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm and parole violation. His bail was set at $30,000, but bail was put on hold because of the parole violation.
Burton was charged with two counts of burglary, two counts of conspiracy, DUI, possession of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm and probation violation. Her bail was set at $25,000, but bail was put on hold due to the probation violation.
Criminal complaints are public information. Charges listed in a complaint are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Martha Sparks is a news reporter and can be reached at 304-752-6950, ext. 1728, or via Twitter at @MarthaSparks