State police catch alleged burglar


By Owen Wells - [email protected]



MAN, W.Va. — Following a burglary complaint from the Accoville area, the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) report their investigation led to the arrest of Justin Kyle Johnson, 26, of Man.

Trooper S.M. Thompson, with the WVSP. reports he was able to make contact with the victim who advised a security fault in their door had been exploited my someone to gain entry into their home and steal a laptop computer.

The criminal complaint filed by Johnson details the victim could place a time frame for the crime to have been between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The victim reportedly noted Johnson would have been aware of the door’s security fault and added they suspected Johnson of previous thefts.

Johnson also allegedly had knowledge the victim’s home would have been empty at the time of the theft.

During his investigation, Thompson reports he was able to find several witnesses who advised they saw Johnson enter the home around 4 p.m. on the day of the crime.

Thompson was also reportedly able to track down the laptop at a home in the community of Kistler.

A statement collected from a witness reportedly alleges Johnson and co-defendants attempted to sell the laptop.

Johnson reportedly claimed to own the laptop and provided the witness with a bill of sale.

Johnson is charged with burglary, petit larceny, transferring stolen property and conspiracy.

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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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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]

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