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July 18, 2014

Arrests made in area home burglaries

FAIRMONT — Two arrests have been made in connection with home burglaries in Marion County and other surrounding counties.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department arrested Eric Pittman, 42, of Fairmont, Wednesday after finding several stolen items on his property that were identified with breaking and enterings in other counties.

Chief Deputy Ralph Wright said Pittman is connected to several daytime breaking and enterings in the North Central West Virginia area. Wright said Pittman has stolen thousands of dollars worth of items from homes in Marion, Taylor and Monongalia counties.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department worked with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department and the Monongalia Sheriff’s Department on the case. Wright said the two departments were able to come to a common suspect, Pittman.

“We were currently investigating Pittman on delivery of drugs charges,” Wright said.

Wright said the department had issued a search warrant for Pittman’s property on involving drugs. When they searched his property, deputies found several items that could be identified from a house in Marion County and some items from Taylor and Monongalia counties.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department then obtained another search warrant for Pittman’s residence and an outside storage building for stolen property. Serving that warrant, the department found several tools, electronics and other stolen items from the three counties.

Wright said those items are from breaking-and-entering cases that occurred in the last six months.

The sheriff’s department also arrested Tracey Leggett, 27, of Fairmont on Wednesday for taking the property that Pittman had stolen and selling it or trading it for drugs. Leggett was arrested for transferring and receiving.

Detectives and deputies were then able to get information on other stash houses where Pittman and Leggett were trading the stolen items for narcotics. Two more search warrants were obtained by the Marion County Sheriff’s Department for two other locations in Marion County.

Based on the items found to date, Wright said Pittman is connected to at least five different breaking and enterings in Taylor County, two breaking and enterings in Monongalia County and three breaking and enterings from Marion County.

The breaking and enterings that occurred in Marion County that were allegedly done by Pittman were on Levels Road, Route 73 and Meadowdale Road.

Detective Jeanette Williamson said the events on Levels Road and Route 73 occurred a few weeks ago and the one on Meadowdale Road occurred on Tuesday.

Wright said during the investigation, detectives found that Pittman would knock on residental doors during the daytime. If no one answered, Pittman would then break into the home in some way.

Wright said that in some cases, a door or window would be open and Pittman would enter the home through those entrances. He said residents should be locking their doors and windows when they are not home.

He also said that if residents notice a suspicious person or vehicle in the area to report it.

The stolen items that detectives and deputies recovered will be returned to their owners.

Wright said there are other arrests pending along with other charges. Bail is set at $20,000 for each.

According to Pittman’s criminal complaint, he sold crack cocaine to a confidential source on two separate occasions. He is also being charged with two counts of delivery of crack cocaine, which is a felony.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follwo her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.

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