WVSP makes grand larceny arrest

Rachel Baldwin rbaldwin@civitasmedia.com

September 27, 2013

WILLIAMSON -An arrest of a Delbarton woman was made on Monday by West Virginia State Police Trooper J.J. Dean III, on charges of grand larceny.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court, Geraldine Mahone, age 62, was taken into custody after the trooper was dispatched to a theft complaint. The victim of the crime, Delena Baisden, advised the officer that her and her girlfriend, Bethany Murphy, who was also a witness to the crime, were home heath caregivers for the handicapped brother of Mahone. The health-care providers also resided in the residence with their client.

Baisden told the trooper that Mahone has requested for both Baisden and Murphy to leave the residence and refused to give them their personal possessions that consisted of three rings valued at approximately $400; a diamond tennis bracelet that had cost $500; two necklaces valued at $1,500; a computer printer with a value of $45; two Droid cell phones which cost $300, and a 1976 silver dollar.

The victim and her girlfriend left the residence and traveled to magistrate court and obtained an Emergency Protection Order on the accused. They traveled back to the residence accompanied by a deputy to obtain their belongings. When the EPO was served on Mahone, she denied having any of the stolen items in her possession. The victims informed the police that this wasn’t the first instance that they had possessions stolen by Mahone, and further stated that she may have given the items to her sister, Davina Baisden.

Thus far, none of the items listed in the police report have been recovered.

Mahone was arraigned before Magistrate Pam Newsome and was released from custody on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.