BUCKHANNON - A Buckhannon man is being held on a $25,000 bond after being arrested Friday on grand larceny charges.
David Sites, 34, of 1558 Preacher Tenney Road, is accused of stealing more than $4,000 for the purpose of purchasing pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
According to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk's Office, at about 7:37 p.m. on Jan. 9, Senior Trooper Joseph A. Rich II of the Buckhannon detachment of the West Virginia State Police responded to a possible breaking-and-entering at a residence on Preachers Tenney Road in Buckhannon.
Upon arriving, John Perry, the alleged victim, informed Rich that someone had stolen $4,800 from his residence; the money was located in the top drawer of the back bedroom dresser, the complaint states. Perry told Rich that the bedroom door had been locked when he left the residence at 6 a.m. and was still locked - but also damaged - at about 5 p.m. when he returned home. Perry surveyed the house, but could find no entry point.
Perry told Rich that in addition to himself and his girlfriend, his girlfriend's son - Sites - also had a key to the residence.
On Friday, Jan. 10, at 9:30 a.m., Rich contacted Sites to set up a meeting with him at the Buckhannon detachment of the WVSP.
At approximately 1 p.m., Sites arrived and gave Rich separate, conflicting statements.
In the first statement, he said he was not at the residence in question on the day the money was stolen, but told the officer the names of two other individuals who have keys to the residence.
Then, at 1:30 p.m., Sites allegedly changed his story while being interviewed by two other troopers and allegedly "admitted to stealing the money" and giving $4,100 to two individuals, who allegedly used the funds to purchase pseudoephedrine to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Sites said he kept the remaining $700 for himself, according to the complaint.
Sites allegedly told officers that the two individuals drove him to the residence of Perry, the alleged victim, in a white Chevy Blazer "and that he entered alone and stole the money," the complaint states.
"The accused advised that (the two individuals) knew that he was there to steal the money," Rich wrote in the report.
Sites said the money he kept was located at the residence of a fourth individual and that he would "get it to (Rich) when he got back in town."
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $25,000, and Sites remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail as of presstime Monday.
The penalty for a conviction of grand larceny is a sentence of one to 10 years in a state penitentiary, or up to a year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
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