Alleged serial thief netted by WVSP

By Owen Wells - [email protected]


CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — A recent drug arrest made by the West Virginia State Police (WVSP) netted a suspect with five active arrest warrants.

Trooper Z.S. Holden, with the WVSP, reports he was attempting to locate Robbie Aaron Browning, 27, of Chapmanville, as a part of an investigation into the theft of an ATV.

Holden and Corporal Lee Preece, of the Chapmanville Police Department, encountered Browning in pickup truck along Spud Drive in the Stone Branch area of Logan County.

Holden reports he witnessed Browning place a syringe under the vehicle’s seat.

When asked about the syringe, Browning allegedly admitted that it contained Suboxone which is a schedule three controlled substance.

A query through the DMV reportedly found the license plate attached to the truck belonged to another vehicle, and a warrant check turned up five active warrants.

Browning reportedly supplied Holden and Preece with the location of the stolen ATV.

Two of the warrants stemmed from an incident where Browning was alleged to have broken into an empty house to steal a few items which had been left behind.

Warrants for burglary and conspiracy to take property were issued in that case.

On Friday Sept. 3, 2016, Trooper T.J. Hannon, with the WVSP, reports he was dispatched to burglary complaint in Chapmanville relating the theft of a gaming system, heater, computer monitor and titles for two vehicles.

A witness reportedly informed Hannon that Browning was hiding the items in the woods and provided Hannon with the location.

The items were later returned to the victim.

Hannon notes he was able to interview Browning about the burglary where he allegedly admitted to breaking into a family member’s home and stealing the items.

While executing a search warrant in connection with the robbery, Hannon and Trooper First Class C.S. Maynard, with the WVSP, reportedly located the gaming system, heater, computer monitor, a pistol and a bag containing what was believed to be marijuana.

In another interview with Trooper Hannon, Browning also reportedly admitted to stealing several items from a garage at Chapamanville Middle School.

Browning allegedly took two gas cans, two new pairs of cleats, a Chapmanville soccer jacket and duffle bag containing soccer jerseys.

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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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