Police arrest man for stealing truck

BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man has been arrested for grand larceny after allegedly stealing a truck from the Wendy’s parking lot Tuesday.

David Allen Lane, 34, is in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail awaiting arraignment for grand larceny, a felony.

Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department said Lane and another individual allegedly took the truck from the Wendy’s parking lot. 

The truck, a 2016 Ford F-150 Platinum, belonged to Mark Harper and is a push-to-start vehicle, according to Posey.

“The key fob was in it,” Posey said. 

Once it was reported stolen, the truck was entered into the National Crime Incident Center.

On Wednesday, the Upshur County animal control officer, Dustin Hollen, spotted the vehicle on Route 33 and followed it to Brushy Fork, where the BPD was able to make the arrest at the Brushy Fork Mart.

Posey said law enforcement was searching for the second individual involved but declined to give his name.

“I’d like to find him first,” Posey said.

Posey also responded to a second stolen car report Wednesday morning, a 2006 Chevy Impala stolen from Maple Street. The sheriff’s department also took a complaint of a truck stolen from Straight Up Used Auto, and that truck has been recovered in Randolph County, but more details were not available as of press time.

Posey urged residents to remember to lock their vehicles and take the keys with them whenever they leave their vehicle. 

In a separate case, a Belington man has been arrested for allegedly selling items to Thompson’s Pharmacy that were alleged to be stolen. The items were valued at $6,650.

Fredrick Allen Canary, 52, of Belington, was arrested for receiving or transferring stolen goods, a felony.

On March 20, Senior Trooper C.E. Elliott received a call from Amanda Schumacher advising property was missing from her mother’s residence. 

On Sunday, March 26, the officer spoke with Schumacher again and was advised she believed she had located some of the stolen items, namely chinaware and miscellaneous jugs for sale, at Thompson’s Pharmacy. 

On March 28, Elliott contacted Thompson’s Pharmacy and learned that they had purchased the items from Canary.

Elliott then discovered that Canary had previously been employed by Schumacher’s mother and had been fired.

Canary denied knowledge of the incident but could not offer Elliott a legitimate reason of why the items were purchased from him, according to the criminal complaint.

Canary was arraigned in Randolph County Magistrate Court, where bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. If convicted, Canary faces one to 10 years in prison.

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