HARTS — Police say a man admitted to them that he stole a truck from the driveway of a residence on Miller Road in Chapmanville. After the missing vehicle was crashed in the Harts area, the accused told investigators about the theft that “friends put him up to it,” according to the criminal complaint.
Jeffrey Fitzgerald Johnson, 48, of Harts, was arrested and charged with grand larceny in relation to the incident on Nov. 1.
According to the criminal complaint prepared by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy RB Dotson, the victim told officers via telephone that her husband’s 2017 Ford F-250 had been stolen from their residence.
The report states that the officer was attempting to locate the vehicle when dispatch alerted him that a family member had been following the vehicle and it crashed in the Harts area.
The report further states that a West Virginia State Trooper from the Logan detachment arrived at the scene and detained the accused until Trooper Walter and Trooper Evick arrived at the scene to take over the investigation. According to the criminal complaint, Walter obtained a confession from the accused for stealing the vehicle.
At press time, Johnson was held at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $40,000 surety/cash bond. Additionally, Johnson is held on another $10,000 cash-only bond in relation to a separate case in Lincoln County.
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