SHORT CREEK — An alleged attempted burglary of a state-owned home on Short Creek in Boone County was thwarted after a West Virginia State Trooper responded to a call and reportedly caught a man and a woman in the act.

According to an incident report prepared by Trooper EM Shafer on Nov. 2, he responded to a call at 715 Short Creek Road; at the scene, he spoke to the person who made the complaint.

Shafer said he observed a garage door that appeared to have been tampered with and probably served as a breaking-in point. He also saw a vehicle parked behind the structure and hidden from the road.

The trooper made note of multiple signs posted on the property that said “State Property No Trespassing.”

Shafer entered the rear of the residence and immediately made contact with a woman who was carrying a drill and baseboards from the upstairs of the building, according to his report.

After detaining the woman, the trooper went upstairs and found a man allegedly attempting to remove a bathtub. The trooper photographed the damage done to the drywall around the tub before detaining the man.

Mary Susan Caserta, 60, of Culloden, and Duke Eugene McCleese, 46, of Hernshaw, were each charged with breaking and entering, destruction of property and trespassing.

As of CVN print deadline, neither Caserta nor McCleese was being held in Southwestern Regional Jail.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.