BUCKHANNON — Zachary Kelly, age 26 of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, has received multiple charges following an incident that occurred on Friday, October 29, 2021.
According to a criminal complaint, Deputy Cole Bender and Lieutenant Marshall Powers, both of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, responded to the Brushy Fork Mart on that Friday morning to discover the front door glass had been shattered. The officers cleared the store and found no one was inside at the time. The officers then contacted the store owner, Todd Dayton Foster, to inform him of the incident. In addition to the shattered glass door, a glass case, coin machine and a case of lottery tickets were knocked over. Several cameras were damaged along with alcohol products, which were found destroyed on the store floor.
According to court documentation, Foster showed the officers footage of the incident. They then determined that three men had broken into the store after throwing an object through the glass door. Some of the men were identified from an earlier visit to the store a day prior. The footage revealed the men headed in the direction of the Meadowlands Trailer Park after fleeing the store.
Court documentation further revealed that officers responded to another breaking and entering call on Brushy Fork Road. After being informed of the initial call, the victim of the second incident noted they found familiar items outside a residence on Smith Avenue. The individual residing there, Devonna Moul, was served a search warrant; however the suspects and stolen items were not found. Moul was shown a picture of the suspects and recognized the defendant, later identified as Kelly, and informed officers of his location.
After permission, given from a Shasta Hutchinson and a Mr. Carter, to search the home, officers found a wallet believed to belong to a Peyton Brooks, also from Pennsylvania. After further questioning, Hutchinson gave the officers a bag containing items matching the stolen from the Brushy Fork Mart. Furthermore, officers located an Instagram account belonging to Brooks. Images of Carter, Brooks and Kelly dressed in apparel that appeared to be the same as in the security footage were found.
Court documents state that the total of damages amounted to $4,188.60 and the stolen items totaled $2,346.05.
Kelly is currently held at Tygart Valley Regional Jail on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.