ELKINS - Two area women are facing felony charges for allegedly stealing more than $1,400 worth of merchandise from Walmart in Elkins.
Melanie Michelle Evans, 33, of Belington and Melloney Mae Parrack, 27, of Elkins were arrested May 12 on charges of attempted grand larceny and conspiracy, both felonies, after Cpl. A.G. Vanscoy, of the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, responded to a report of a female shoplifter.
According to the criminal complaint, prior to arrival, Vanscoy was notified that a second female was "involved along with an infant and was in possession of concealed items."
Upon arrival, Vanscoy met store employees who told him one of the females had left the store with merchandise, while the other still was inside the store and in possession of concealed merchandise.
The female inside, later identified as Evans, was pointed out by employees as the person concealing the items, the complaint states.
Vanscoy, along with Sgt. B.T. Pawelczyk, escorted Evans and a "shopping cart full of bagged items" to the main office of the store, where employees said the items had not been purchased by Evans. The total amount of merchandise in Evans' possession was $481.83.
The other female, later identified as Parrack, was found inside her car in the parking lot.
The vehicle contained several items that were identified, by Parrack, as "being removed from the store by her." The amount of merchandise in Parrack's possession totaled $978.29.
Both Parrack and Evans told officials they arrived at the store together.
Parrack and Evans were arraigned before Randolph County Magistrate Ben Shepler. Both are being housed at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, and bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety for each.