OMAR, W.Va. — A 35-year-old Switzer resident was charged with grand larceny on March 29 due to the allegation that he removed and sold aluminum siding from a Pine Creek Road residence.
According to a complaint filed by West Virginia State Trooper T.J. Hannon, he received a larceny complaint Monday, March 28, on a larceny occurred in the area of Omar.
Hannon contacted the victim, who advised he owns the residence, and at this time he currently lives in the state of Ohio. The victim advised his sister routinely checks up on his residence in Omar. The victim advised that his sister checked the residence and observed the siding of the residence to have been torn down with multiple wires cut. The victim said his sister reported that Friday, March 25, she had observed a black Chevrolet S 10 truck sitting in the area of the residence.
Hannon made contact with the sister and obtained a written statement from her. She advised Hannon that she had located the same black Chevrolet 510 truck with the license number which was carrying the house siding from the victim’s residence and that the driver of the truck was Chad Simpkins of Switzer. Hannon had WVSP Logan communications run the WV registration and was advised the vehicle belong to Simpkins. The sister reportedly provided a 16GB USB flash drive that contained 13 photographs of the stolen items in the truck bed of Simpkins’ as well as the damage done to victim’s residence.
Hannon reports that he contacted S&S Recycling to inquire if they had received any type of aluminum or siding from a house. The business advised Hannon that they in fact received approximately 280 pounds of clear aluminum from Simpkins on Monday, March 28.
Hannon obtained the receipt signed by Simpkins and also a copy of his registration card showing the vehicle he dropped the items off in.
Hannon was advised by the victim that the cost to replace the siding and wires cut would exceed $2,500 and the cost of house siding stolen would exceed $1,000.
Simpkins was arraigned on March 29 on charges of grand larceny and destruction of property. He is incarcerated in Southwestern Regional Jail on a parole hold.