Mayor’s son arrested for stealing from father


BUCKHANNON — The mayor of Buckhannon’s son faces another felony for allegedly selling various items owned by his father.

Connor McCauley, 28, of Buckhannon, was arrested for grand larceny, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor. Last week, McCauley was arrested as part of a Mountain Lakes Drug and Violent Crime Unit investigation for possession with an intent to deliver a controlled substance, two counts.

The latest charges involve items that were reported stolen by McCauley’s father, Buckhannon mayor David McCauley. On Sept. 1, Patrolman First Class Marshall O’Connor was in touch with the mayor about a stolen firearm and bayonet that had occurred sometime in August. O’Connor recovered the firearm from an uninvolved party who said Connor McCauley had sold it to him, according to the criminal complaint. The officer recovered the bayonet from another individual who said that McCauley had traded it for other property.

O’Connor learned the victim had other items stolen, including autographed pictures and records, which O’Connor was also able to locate at Pre-Played Media.

In all, O’Connor recovered 22 items valued at $2,550. Connor McCauley allegedly admitted to taking the autographed  pictures and records and pawning them.

“There’s been a history with my stuff disappearing,” David McCauley said Tuesday. “When my dad’s rifle disappeared, that was the final straw.”

McCauley read a statement at last Thursday’s city council meeting discussing his son’s struggles with addiction.

He said Tuesday that people have reached out to him from across West Virginia to share their own stories, and he remains hopeful that his son will get his life turned around.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $15,000.

If convicted, McCauley faces confinement in the penitentiary for not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail for up to one year and a fine of not more than $2,500 for grand larceny.

Petit larceny carries up to a year in jail and a fine not to exceed $2,500.

In a separate case, Travis D. Radabaugh, 37, of Buckhannon, was arrested for stalking, a misdemeanor, by Lt. Doug Loudin with the Buckhannon Police Department.

Radabaugh allegedly made multiple attempts to contact his ex even after the family law judge advised both parties not to have unwanted contact with the intent to harass the other party, according to the criminal complaint.

Radabaugh has also allegedly driven by the victim’s residence.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $5,000 cash or surety.

If convicted, Radabaugh faces confinement in jail for not more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $1,000.

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