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Woman arrested for pawning stolen guns

December 12, 2012
By Katie Kuba - Senior Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A Montrose woman arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing guns from her boyfriend's grandfather- and then pawning them - is free on bond.

Markie LeeAnn Jeffries, 25, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly receiving/transferring stolen property, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor, stemming from an incident that occurred in mid-October.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk's Office, on Oct. 16, Cpl. C.D. Cross with the Elkins Police Department was dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of Weese Street in Elkins in response to an alleged burglary. When Cross arrived at the residence, he conversed with Loretta Bennett, who said her parents were out of town; Bennett told Cross she'd been checking on their house periodically since they left earlier that week.

On Oct. 16, when Bennett arrived at her parents' house, she discovered the screen door and a door on the side of the house were unlocked and that six guns belonging to her father, Larry Cook, were missing, according to the complaint. During his investigation, Cross reportedly discovered pry marks near the latching mechanism on the screen door and close to the locking mechanism on a wooden gun cabinet.

Cross "dusted" areas near the doors and gun cabinet, but found no fingerprints. The guns stolen included a Remington 30-06 automatic rifle with scope; a Winchester 30-30 gold-plated Continental Railroad commemorative rifle; a Marlin 30-30 gold trigger with scope and sling; a 16-gauge single-shot shotgun; a Remington 12-gauge pump shotgun and a single shot .22-caliber rifle, the report stated.

Bennett informed Cross that one of her parents' neighbors saw a black GMC Envoy drive back and forth on the street several times on the morning of Oct. 15.

Cross contacted K&K Loans in Buckhannon, and the owner informed him that two of the six missing guns - the Winchester 30-30 gold-plated Continental Railroad commemorative rifle and the Marlin 30-30 gold trigger with scope and sling - had been pawned on Oct. 22 by a woman named Markie LeeAnn Jeffries. Cross obtained copies of the pawn tickets for the guns and both were allegedly signed by Jeffries, the complaint stated.

"The Winchester's approximate value is $500 and the Marlin $500," Cross wrote in the complaint. "It should also be said that Markie Jeffries is the girlfriend of Larry Cook's grandson, namely Devin Cook."

Jeffries is free on bond, which was set at $15,000 cash, property or surety.



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