Combined criminal events lead to local arrest

BUCKHANNON — A Tallmansville man was recently charged, on Thursday, for multiple crimes committed between August 2020 and June 2021, following an arrest in Randolph County.

According to court documentation, on August 1, 2020, Jerry Allen Zickefoose, age 43, allegedly entered the Triple L Mart on Kesling Mill Road and informed the attendant that he had forgotten his wallet. Zickefoose had already pumped $10.94 worth of gasoline into a portable can. During the encounter, he left his name on the generated receipt and promised to return and pay the balance later, but reportedly never did.

As stated in additional court documentation, later, on December 28, 2020, Zickefoose allegedly returned to the Triple L Mart and pumped $15.00 worth of gasoline into his vehicle, a dark-colored pickup truck. The criminal complaint states, according to a sales associate, Zickefoose presented a debit card that was then declined due to insufficient funds. After reportedly attempting to withdraw funds from an ATM with no success, Zickefoose provided his driver’s license and phone number and stated he would return to pay in approximately one hour. Once again, the accused did not return to complete the transaction. After collecting security camera footage from the store, West Virginia State Trooper, First Class P. J. Robinette confirmed that the individual in question was the same person he had previously conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation on US Route 33.

On January 12, 2021, according to Sgt. T. M. Stewart of Buckhannon City Police, Zickefoose entered the Buckhannon Walmart and attempted to leave with a cart of unpaid merchandise, totaling to $307.61 in value.

Additional court documents state that, on March 24, 2021, Cpl. B. K. Wright, of the WV State Police, received a complaint from Mt. Hope Water Association saying that, after they had terminated service with Zickefoose, he had allegedly bypassed the meter and reconnected the main water line without their knowledge. Cpl. Wright obtained a statement from the accused, in which he confessed to said misdemeanor.

Most recently, court documents state that, on June 2, 2021, Zickefoose was pulled over on Red Knob Road, driving a red Dodge Durango that, according to Deputy Joseph Barcus, had an extremely loud exhaust that could be heard from within the patrol vehicle approximately 400 yards away with the windows up. After conducting a traffic stop for defective equipment and running a license check, it was determined that Zickefoose’s license had been revoked for Driving Under the Influence in 2017 and that the vehicle being driven was not registered and had no active insurance policy.

Zickefoose is currently being held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a combined cash only bond of $13,500. He is currently facing charges of destruction of property, possession of a controlled substance, attempt to commit a misdemeanor and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor offense against state from Randolph County. In addition to those out of county charges, the defendant is facing charges of tampering with a utility, driving on a revoked license in the second offense and two counts of failure to pay for gasoline in Upshur County.


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