Shoplifting arrest yields felony charges

By Owen Wells - [email protected]


PECKS MILL, W.Va. — A shoplifting complaint from a Logan County business recently ended up yielding felony charges when the alleged shoplifter reportedly dropped a pill in the back of a police cruiser.

Trooper N.C. Boothe, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he received a shoplifting complaint March 26 from Dollar General at Pecks Mill.

The defendant, Tricia Lynn Winegar, reportedly walked out of the store with several items worth more than $50 in her purse.

The criminal complaint filed by Boothe states, “During the process of obtaining prices for stolen items, [Boothe] observed the defendant wriggling in her seat and observed a small yellow pill fall from her seat.”

Boothe reports the pill was later identified as alprazolam, a schedule four controlled substance.

When asked to provide Boothe with identification, Winegar allegedly gave a false name and presented false documents.

The name Winegar provided reportedly belonged to an Ohio resident.

Boothe reports he later found Winegar goes by several alliases.

During a later search of his police cruiser, Boothe reportedly found another pill in his backseat — an oxycodone, a schedule two controlled substance.

Winegar is charged with giving false information to law enforcement, identity theft, shoplifting and possession of schedule two and four substances.

Winegar’s bond was set to $5,000 with a cash only stipulation.

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Criminal complaints are public information, and any charges contained therein are merely accusations. Anyone accused of a crime should be considered innocent until they are proven guilty.


By Owen Wells

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