Booked for burglary


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was booked for burglary Sunday after attempting to falsely report a stolen gun that he left behind at the scene of the crime. According to court documents, Eric Reynolds Rowan, age 24, confessed to breaking in to the 2nd Amendment Supplies business due to owing someone money.

Deputy Joseph D. Barcus responded to a call for service of a commercial burglar alarm at the store shortly before 7 a.m. on August 11. Upon arrival, the officer discovered the assailant had cut the phone line and knocked two holes in the plywood, which he used to gain entry into the building. 2nd Amendment Supplies reportedly captured the defendant on security footage inside and outside the business.

Barcus said he also discovered a Charter Arms Undercover .38 Special handgun lying on top a bucket of used brass outside the hole the suspected had entered, which the business owner confirmed had been inside the store until removed by the suspect. When questioned later, Rowan admitted he had gotten the gun that he left behind at the scene of the crime from his mother.

Around 9 a.m., Rowan went to the City Police Department and reported that a .38 Special and an AR-15 was stolen from his vehicle during the night. Law enforcement quickly connected the dots and caught up with Rowan, who confessed to the crime.

He was placed under arrest and transported to Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he remains. Magistrate Mike Coffman arraigned Rowan and set bond in the amount of $75,000; $15,000 of which must be posted as a cash only bond.

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