Police arrest man for stealing rare coins, antique glass

Update: At a preliminary hearing for Dillon Howell,  no probably cause was found for the nighttime burglary. 

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested for allegedly stealing nearly $11,000 in items from a French Creek residence in April.

Dillon Ray Howell, 25, was arrested for nighttime burglary, a felony, and escape from custody, a misdemeanor, from a separate incident.

On April 5, deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call regarding a recent burglary, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. A male subject matching Howell’s description was seen at a residence on the Beechtown Road. A witness stated she saw a white male with red hair exit a vehicle and walk around to the entrance of the residence that was broken into.

Howell allegedly kicked in the entry door into the garage and took four plastic totes containing antique glassware valued at a combined $500, approximately 500 silver dollars valued at $9,250 and four boxes of assorted coin currency including rare coinage valued at $800, and jewelry valued at $400.

Howell allegedly left a note for property owners saying he broke the door and would fix it. In addition, Cpl. Dewaine Linger and Sgt. Marshall Powers had responded to the residence earlier that day for a possible sighting of Howell who was wanted on warrants from Webster and Upshur counties.

Howell had allegedly escaped from home confinement custody by removing his GPS bracelet and leaving his residence on the Hoovertown Road on March 23, according to the criminal complaint. Cpl. Rodney Rolenson, home confinement supervisor for Upshur County, said in the criminal complaint this was a courtesy supervision from Webster County involving battery on a police officer and obstructing.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $50,000.

If convicted, Howell faces one to 15 years in the state penitentiary for nighttime burglary and up to one year in jail for escape from custody.

In a separate case, Joseph Primovero, 39, of Buckhannon, was arrested for several offenses after a traffic stop on Sunday.

Deputy Tyler Chidester and deputy Seth Cutright with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department were on patrol when a 1995 Toyota pick-up drove by them with a busted tail light and no lights illuminating the license plate, according to the criminal complaint. Chidester wrote that the deputies followed the vehicle and activated their emergency lights as the truck turned onto Number 5 Mine Road.

However, the truck allegedly then fled approximately 2.5 miles and Primovero jumped out and fled on foot into the woods.

After being taken into custody, Primovero allegedly admitted that he had been raccoon hunting without a license. Deputies also located a small amount of what appeared to be meth inside the truck, according to the criminal complaint.

Primovero was arrested for fleeing from an officer in a vehicle, fleeing from an officer on foot, hunting without a license,  possession of methamphetamine  and driving suspended, all misdemeanors.

Hurst set bond at $8,000 for all the charges.


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