Elkins man arrested in stolen tools case

BUCKHANNON — An Elkins man has been arrested for allegedly trading tools that were stolen from TKS Contracting.

Joshua Lynn Hinchman, 21, allegedly transferred approximately $1,100 worth of Dewalt battery operated power tools stolen from TKS Contracting on Nov. 5, according to the criminal complaint from the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The transfer occurred on Boxwood Drive in Buckhannon when Hinchman allegedly traded the tools for a camouflage Hi-Point 9mm handgun valued at approximately $110. A witness identified Hinchman.

Hinchman was interviewed by investigating officer, Deputy Tyler Gordon, and stated he drove a vehicle for an unnamed male while the male took the items. Hinchman told Gordon he “had his suspicions the goods were stolen” but allegedly traded sports cards and $25 in cash to the male for $1,100 of the approximately $1,500 in stolen tools.

The tools that Hinchman had transferred include a hammer drill, impact driver, impact gun, drill, dual port battery charge and six 18-volt batteries. Although several batteries were marked TKS, when they were recovered TKS had been marked over and JH and JLH had been placed on the batteries.

Hinchman was stopped by Gordon in a vehicle on Dec. 8 and currently holds a suspended driver’s license with two prior convictions, according to the criminal complaint.

He was arrested for receiving and transferring stolen property, a felony, and arraigned in Randolph County, where bond was set at $25,000 cash.

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