Police say man stole handcuffs, had marijuana


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man who was wanted on an outstanding warrant faces a new charge because he allegedly had marijuana on him.
Benjamin Tyler Nazelrod, 26, was arrested Wednesday by Sgt. Tom Posey with the Buckhannon Police Department for the warrant. Posey noted that Nazelrod had a small bag of marijuana and a homemade bowl in his pocket, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office. The baggie contained less than 15 grams of marijuana.
The warrant stemmed from an incident on Aug. 23 in which Nazelrod allegedly picked up a pair of handcuffs from the conference room table in the Buckhannon Police Department, stuck them in his pants and walked out with the handcuffs. The incident was caught on tape by a body camera worn by Patrolman Sam Criss. Lt. Doug Loudin caught up with Nazelrod later, and he returned the handcuffs, which were valued at $50.
Nazelrod was arrested for petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams, both misdemeanors.
Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $5,000 cash only.
If convicted, Nazelrod faces up to one year and/or up to a $2,500 fine for petit larceny and 90 days to six months in jail and/or a fine of not more than $1,000 for possession of a controlled substance less than 15 grams.

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