Two females arrested on burglary charges


BUCKHANNON — Two individuals of Upshur County have been arrested on burglary charges. Court documentation revealed that on or about Tuesday, June 21, 26-year-old Mackenzie Clem and 32-year-old Monica Leigh went to the Buckhannon Antique Mall to sell several items for a total of $145.

Further details within court records note that on or about Friday June 24, Leigh returned to the Buckhannon Antique Mall to sell more items for a total of $25. All the above items were sold to the owner of the Buckhannon Antique Mall. Both Leigh and Clem filled out a buyer and seller agreement when they sold the items.

Deputy Tanner Collins, of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, spoke with a relative of Clem, who explained that upon arriving home, they had noticed several items missing from inside the residence. On Monday, June 27, the victim learned about the location of the stolen and sold items, traveled to the Buckhannon Antique Mall and purchased their items back. The victim told law enforcement they did not give permission to either Clem or Leigh to enter the residence, let alone take and sell items from the home.

Clem had been interviewed following another incident on Thursday, July 14, 2022, where she admitted Leigh had already entered her relative’s home and was actively looking through the belongings. Clem then admitted to going upstairs and getting several items on her own before taking them to Leigh’s vehicle. Clem then stated she made a deal with Leigh to drive her to the Buckhannon Antique Mall to obtain money for the items and the two entered the residence through a window. Clem also admitted the items sold were in fact property of her relative. Clem was previously arrested for a shoplifting charge at Buckhannon Walmart on Thursday, July 14.

Both Clem and Leigh are being held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail on felony charges. Clem has been charged with burglary and is being held on a $25,000 cash or surety bond, while Leigh has been charged with one felony charge for burglary and one felony charge for conspiracy to commit burglary with a $500 personal recognizance bond and a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

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