CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — A resident of Big Creek was arrested recently after she allegedly attempted to rob a home while its owner was doing yard work.
Senior Trooper M.A. Broadwater, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he responded to a dispatch for a burglary in progress to the Big Creek area.
When he arrived on the scene, Broadwater reports he was able to speak with the victim who reportedly said they had been mowing grass around the home.
When the owner returned inside of the home, they reportedly found a female, later identified as Jennifer Miller, 40, of Big Creek, in the home.
Miller was allegedly drinking alcohol and placing items from the home inside of bags.
Miller also had reportedly filled her pockets with several items from the home.
The home’s owner stated they did not give Miller permission to enter the home or take the items.
Broadwater reports he collected photographs of the items the defendant allegedly planned to remove from the home.
The victim also reportedly provided Broadwater with an audio-recorded statement.
Miller is charged with a felony count of daytime burglary.
West Virginia law code 61-3-11(b) states that because she allegedly entered the home without breaking into it, Miller could be forced to spend between one and 10 years in a state correctional facility.
Bail was set to $3,500 in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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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]