Haislip arrested on several charges


BUCKHANNON — On July 31, 2022, 30-year-old Joseph Alexander Haislip entered Walmart in Buckhannon through an unlocked, side door at 5:26 a.m, while the business was closed to customers, with the intent to commit a larceny inside.

While Walmart is closed to shoppers between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., Mr. Haislip was shown on video surveillance entering the store. The video then shows him going to a register to grab a plastic shopping bag and taking it over to the deli area where he then placed two deli sandwiches inside. He then walked directly out of the store at 5:29 a.m. with the sandwiches concealed in the shopping bag without being noticed by any employees.

On August 11, 2022, Sergeant Darin Hissam and Sergeant William Courtney of the Buckhannon City Police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot in reference to a subject getting into different vehicles. While in route, the 911 Communications Center provided a description of the subject and when officers arrived on the scene, located the man matching the description on the grass at the back side of the parking lot. The subject was identified as Joseph Hailsip.

After identifying the subject, officers located and spoke with the witness. According to the witness, the defendant had opened the door to a grey sedan and got inside. The defendant was also seen trying to open the door to two other vehicles, however they were locked. Officers then spoke with the owner of the grey vehicle who advised them of an unknown amount of loose change in the center console was now missing, but estimated somewhere around $10 in change.

Additionally, the victim noticed a pack of Sonoma cigarettes was also missing from the glove box, which totaled the estimated value of missing items to be around $17.50. After reviewing Walmart’s surveillance cameras, the video shows the defendant open the driver side door to the victim’s vehicle and lean inside. The defendant was inside the vehicle for approximately one minute before he gets out.

While walking away from the vehicle, it appears that the defendant seems to be transferring something, presumed to be the stolen change, from one hand to the other before reaching toward his pocket. The defendant then walks back towards the vehicle before ultimately walking away.

Haislip is currently being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on misdemeanor charges for entry of a building other than a dwelling, petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance. His bail is currently set at $13,000 cash or surety.

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