Local man jailed for burglary, stalking

FRENCH CREEK — A Buckhannon man remains jailed after allegedly burglarizing his former residence last Wednesday.

According to court documents, Deputy Seth Cutright and Lt. Marshall Powers responded to a request for removal of an unwanted person at a French Creek home when they discovered Jerry Lynn Dunlavy, age 26, sleeping on the living room couch.

The accused had allegedly entered through a garage door window and came through a locked basement door. The criminal complaint said Dunlavy had not lived at the residence since January 15 and was not allowed to be on the property, so he was removed.

Dep. Cutright was later informed that Dunlavy had taken several knick-knacks from the house. The officers also discovered bracelets, earrings, a coin case containing coins and medals, and a bottle of hydrocodone pills located in Dunlavy’s jacket that was left behind on the basement steps.

Dunlavy was later found near the Alton Road and was also arrested on a warrant out of Lewis County for stalking. Magistrate Mark Davis set a combined bond in the amount of $10,000 and Dunlavy remains at Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

If convicted on the felony charge of nighttime burglary, Dunlavy faces a prison sentence of not less than one, nor more than 15 years. If convicted of stalking, he faces not more than six months in jail, a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both.


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