MILL CREEK - A man and woman, both from Logan County, were recently arrested and charged after they reportedly stole numerous items and tried to sell them, along with forging checks.
According to two criminal complaints from Logan County Magistrate Court filed Sept. 9 by Deputy G.A. Harvey with the Logan County Sheriff's Department, Harvey was notified by dispatch on Sept. 1 about a breaking and entering that had occurred in Mill Creek. When he arrived, he spoke with a man who said that several items had been taken from his residence.
The items included one 55-inch Vizio television, two window air-conditioning units, four factory original Pontiac Trans-Am rims, four HP laptops, two Dell desktop computers, two iPhones, fishing rods, jewelry, clothes, five prom dresses, miscellaneous tools and miscellaneous sterling silver dishes. The stolen items totaled approximately $9,500.
Harvey spoke with another man who said that he had a Palmetto Pop-Up Camper that had been taken from the property, along with a M&P Shield Smith and Wesson .9mm handgun totaling $1,000.
Harvey also spoke to a woman who owned a property in Mill Creek where the accused - Keisha Nicole Barker, 30, of Verdunville, and Brian Lee Montgomery, 43, of Chapmanville had been residing. According to the criminal complaints, the miscellaneous clothes and jewelry from the first man's residence were found at the property.
The woman said that Barker and Montgomery had been selling items of her father's without permission, including a Honda ATV, a Troy-Bilt log splitter and two large extension ladders. She also said that there had been several checks written in her name that she did not give Barker permission to do.
On Saturday, Sept. 7, Barker came to the Logan County Courthouse and gave Harvey a handwritten statement admitting to entering the first man's residence without permission and taking the two window air-conditioning units from the residence. Barker reportedly also admitted to forging the woman's name on blank checks.
Barker was charged with entering without breaking, three counts of forgery and petit larceny.
She was arraigned by Logan County Magistrate Joe Mendez on a $35,000 bond and taken to Southwestern Regional Jail.
Montgomery was charged with receiving and transferring stolen property, entering without breaking and two counts of grand larceny. He was arraigned by Magistrate Mendez on a $30,000 bond and also taken to Southwestern Regional Jail.