WHITMAN, W.Va. — Two people were arrested by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department (LCSD) recently after they allegedly committed a nighttime burglary.
Deputy Tucker and Corporal Brumfield, both with the LCSD, report they responded to an active burglary complaint in the Whitman area August 31.
Tucker and Brumfield were reportedly told by the victim someone had attempted to gain entry into their residence through a bedroom window.
The victim was reportedly awoken by a loud noise and then saw an arm reaching through their bedroom window.
The victim reportedly yelled, “You better get out of here,” at which point they stated they heard to alleged burglar run away.
The victim reportedly never saw the burglar’s face.
While investigating the crime scene, Tucker reportedly discovered two sets of shoe prints.
Tucker notes he believed one set of the prints were boots and the other were tennis shoes.
Tucker explains he was able to follow the footprints to a nearby home.
After knock on the door, Tucker notes it was answered by Tracy Walls, 23, of Whitman, and Travis Epperhart, 21, of Logan.
After reading both Epperhart and Walls their Miranda Rights, Tucker explains Epperhart verbally stated they were the perpetrators of the crime.
Walls reportedly requested a lawyer before making any statements.
Walls and Epperhart are each charged with a felony count of night time burglary.
State code 61-3-11 explains burglary will be charged as a felony if, “Any person shall, in the night time, break and enter or enter without breaking….”
If they are found guilty, Epperhart and Walls could be forced to spend up to 15 years in a state correctional facility.
Bail for both Epperhart and Walls was set to $75,000 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]