Attempted truck theft lands local man in jail

BUCKHANNON — A local man remains jailed following a call reporting a suspicious man wandering around Phillips Dairy Road and entering a vehicle that did not belong to him.

Mark Allen Wilfong, 34, of Buckhannon, was reportedly caught rummaging through a white Ford F-150 that did not belong to him on October 3. Wilfong now faces a felony charge of attempt to commit grand larceny and a misdemeanor offense of tampering with auto.

According to the complaint, the property’s tenant noticed Wilfong wandering on the property before entering the truck that belonged to the landlord. The tenant confronted the male, who claimed he was looking for his car keys. After a brief discussion with Wilfong, the tenant asked him to leave his property, at which time he left on foot, according to court documents.

After two attempts to locate the accused, TFC P.J. Robinette and TPR Z.M. Lewis located Wilfong walking down a hillside with his shirt off near another residence on Phillips Dairy Road. At this time, TFC Robinette approached the accused and detained him. According to the report, officers observed a screwdriver protruding out of Wilfong’s pocket, in addition to multiple keys and two knives. After the suspect was detained, the owner of the property and truck, in addition to the tenant, confirmed he was the same individual who tried to enter the vehicle earlier and law enforcement identified the accused as Mark Wilfong.

The owner of the vehicle advised officers a screwdriver that was laying on the passenger seat, as well a key from the cupholder, was missing. The officer reportedly used one of the keys confiscated from Wilfong’s pocket to successfully start the vehicle.

If convicted of attempt to commit grand larceny, Wilfong faces up to 1-3 years in the penitentiary or confinement in jail for 6-12 months, and a fine up to $500. For the misdemeanor offense of tampering with auto, the accused faces a fine up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 6 months.

Wilfong remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of a combined $30,000 bond set by Magistrate Alan Suder.


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