ELKINS - An Elkins man was arrested on burglary charges Tuesday, according to the Elkins City Police.
Thomas Russell Hanna, 62, was charged with burglary (daytime), a felony. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. He was being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime.
According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Sgt. C.D. Cross of the Elkins Police Department, police were contacted on Aug. 7 by Philip Darren Jordan, a Central Street resident. Jordan said when he returned to his residence on Aug. 5 after being away for four days he discovered that his Craftsman weed eater, valued at approximately $150, and blue 18-speed bike were missing from inside his residence, the complaint states.
Police reportedly contacted the neighbor of Jordan, who told them she saw Hanna knock on Jordan's door on Aug. 3, and a few minutes later saw him walking away with the items.
She said Hanna told her Jordan "was supposed to pay him the day before but did not, so he was repossessing his stuff," according to the criminal complaint. She said Hanna then reportedly laughed and stated "I'm the repo man," the complaint reads.
Police met with Hanna and searched his residence and found the bicycle in his backyard, but could not locate the weed eater, according to the complaint. He told police the weed eater he had been seen carrying belonged to another individual who had left it at Hanna's residence. Hanna said he was returning the weed eater to the individual when the neighbor saw him carrying it, according to the
Hanna further told police that Jordan "did not pay him for the bicycle so he went to his residence and removed it from his front porch and took it to his residence," according to the criminal complaint.
Jordan told police that he was supposed to purchase the bike from Hanna on Aug. 3 but was ill and was admitted to the hospital. Police told Jordan that the bicycle would be a civil matter.
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