A French Creek man was arrested Monday for allegedly stealing an Xbox 360 and two iPhones on Halloween.
Bradley Adam Bonner, 22, of 1872 Frenchton Road, was charged with daytime burglary, a felony, after he allegedly removed the items from a residence in Maple Village.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk's office, at 8 a.m. Thursday, Bonner allegedly entered a residence in Maple Village occupied by three female residents. He then carried out an Xbox 360 and two iPhones belonging to two of the residents, the complaint states. The monetary value of the goods stolen was estimated at $225, according to the complaint, which was prepared by Buckhannon Chief of Police Matthew Gregory, the investigating officer.
Bonner allegedly gave a statement in which he admitted to removing the items from the Maple Village residence, the report states.
In a phone interview Monday, Gregory said community cooperation enabled him to crack the case.
"We were lucky enough to have some very observant and conscientious individuals who saw things that just didn't look right, and they were able to call in some information that gave us enough leads to investigate the case thoroughly," Gregory said. "We definitely appreciate that, and I think that really speaks well of the rapport we've been able to develop with folks in our community.
"Truly, the bottom line is that you have the most success when you have people telling you things," he added.
Gregory encourages other watchful community members to report suspicious activity.
"A lot of times people don't call us because A) they think they're bothering us, or B) they think it's not important," he said. "Don't think that. It truly does help. Every little bit of information helps."
Bonner is free on a $10,000 bond.
The penalty for a conviction of daytime burglary is imprisonment in a state penitentiary for one to 10 years.
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