ELKINS - A Beverly man arrested last week as a suspect in what police are calling a string of daytime burglaries is now facing additional charges.
Jason S. Chewning, 26, was charged with one count of grand larceny and one count of burglary, both felonies, on Monday, after another resident in the Georgetown Road area reported missing items.
According to the criminal complaint, prepared by Deputy A.M. Channell of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, the resident told police he left for church on Dec. 8, and upon his return, found the lights in his bedroom were on and several items were missing.
The resident said the missing items included several pocket knives, a Playstation 2 gaming console and a small safe containing important papers, rare coins, sports cards and several jewelry items, according to the official criminal complaint.
Chewning, who was arrested on Dec. 18 for a separate burglary charge in the same area, told police he "went into the residence on (Dec. 8) and stole several items from inside," the complaint states. The items, totaling more than $1,000, were found inside Chewning's residence when police were searching the premises while investigating another burglary.
Chewning was arraigned by Magistrate George Riggleman Monday and is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $50,000 cash bond. His bond on the first burglary charge was set at $75,000 cash by Chief Magistrate Ben Shepler last week.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office and the Elkins detachment of the West Virginia State Police said officers recovered a cache of stolen items from Chewning's residence, including firearms, jewelry, laptops and several other electronic items in a joint investigation.
Nearly a dozen burglaries have been reported in the Georgetown Road and Beverly areas in recent weeks, and tips from the public aided officials in making the arrest, said Randolph County Sheriff Mark Brady.
State Police officials advise anyone who lives in the Georgetown Road or Haddix Road area who has noticed items missing from their homes to contact the State Police at 304-637-0200.
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