Man steals car, firearm, etc.

David J. Lipps

BUCKHANNON — A French Creek man was arrested after confessing to breaking into a home and stealing a car. David J. Lipps, 29, was arrested for grand larceny, a felony and burglary, a misdemeanor. On Nov. 29 Senior Trooper P.J. Robinette responded to a burglary complaint at 1865 Tallmansville Rd. Robinette met with the victim, Virgil Lipps, who stated his vehicle, a red 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt valued at $3,500 had been stolen from his driveway, according to the criminal complaint from the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. Robinette observed damage to the front door and frame of the residence in which it appeared an individual had forced entry into the dwelling. The victim stated the keys to the vehicle were hanging by the front door and were missing.

The complaint said on Saturday Dec. 1 Robinette located the Cobalt parked in front of a residence located at 545 Big Ben Rd., French Creek WV 26201. Robinette then obtained an audio statement from the accused in which he confessed to forcing entry into the victim’s home, stealing the keys to the Cobalt, a firearm from the victim’s bedroom and other miscellaneous items and then leaving in the vehicle.

Upshur County Magistrate Mike Coffman listed bond at $40,000. Grand larceny carries a sentence of no less than one year and no more than 10 years in state penitentiary and fined no more than $2,500. If convicted Burglary carries a sentence of no less than one year and no more than 15 years in a state penitentiary.

A Buckhannon man was arrested after damaging a door and its frame. Kaleb Riffle, 27, has been arrested for destruction of property, a misdemeanor.

On July 5, Cpl.  Darin K. Hissam was dispatched to 14 South Kanawha St. in reference to a destruction of property that had taken place. According to the criminal complaint from the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Hissam spoke with the resident of the apartment, Leslee Corley, who stated that the defendant Kaleb Riffle had shown up intoxicated outside her apartment. She stated he began pounding on the door and window at the front of the apartment before moving to the side of the apartment out of sight. She then heard a loud noise. She advised that she contacted the defendant’s mother who soon showed up and that Kaleb got into his mother’s car and left. The loud noise that was heard was the side of the door jamb being broken.

The apartment is owned by the VFW. The complaint said Hissam contacted the Commander of VFW Larry Brown who advised that the VFW wished to press charges. An estimation of the damages has not been provided at this time, although the door and door jamb will need to be replaced/repaired. Upshur County Magistrate Kay Hurst set bail at $2,500. If convicted destruction of property the person can be confined to jail no more than one year and fined no more than $500.

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