Man busted for shoplifting and possession of meth

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man remains in custody after being charged with shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance last week. 

According to court documents, Sgt. Posey and Officer Collins observed Todd Sutton, age 38, standing on Randolph Street, and had knowledge of an active warrant for the accused for shoplifting. After Sutton was detained and advised of his rights, he confessed to the officers that he had a meth pipe and a rock of meth in a cigarette pack located in his shorts. Collins then collected the items from the accused.

The criminal complaint stated that the accused had another offense from September 9 when Officer McCauley responded to a call in reference to a shoplifter at Go Mart. The clerk explained to the officer that they have had on-going issues with people pulling packs from behind the counter and stealing cigarettes. The clerk presented McCauley with a few pictures showing who had been stealing from their store. The officer identified the subject as Todd Sutton. The pictures showed Sutton reach above the counter to pull packs of cigarettes down from the racks behind the counter. The accused had stolen two packs of Salem and one pack of Marlboro 25 cigarettes. The total amount for the stolen items was $23.86. 

The accused had another prior offense back on July 14, where officials had caught Sutton running across North Florida Street after exiting the Auto Zone store parking lot. At the time, he appeared to have been concealing merchandise underneath his clothes from the store. The officers followed the accused for a short distance to reveal that he was holding the stolen merchandise from Auto Zone. The merchandise stolen totaled $84.95. Sutton also has a prior shoplifting conviction in Upshur County dating Nov. 19, 2018.

Sutton was charged with two counts of shoplifting and possession of a controlled substance. He was taken to Tygart Valley Regional Jail where he remains in lieu of bond set in the amount of $10,000 by Magistrate Mike Coffman.  Sutton is to have no contact with Go Mart or Auto Zone and must also comply with random drug/alcohol testing upon release.


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