FAIRMONT — A 44-year-old Fairview man is accused of stealing tools and $3,215 worth of other valuables on Oct. 6 in Fairview.
W.Va. State Police charged Justin Brent Pride, of 25 Monarch Ln., Fairview, with burglary and grand larceny, both of which are felonies. Court records show he is being held in the North Central Regional Jail in lieu of $75,012 bail.
According to the court papers, a state trooper and a corporal went to a home on State Run Road at approximately 9 a.m. on Oct. 6 after receiving a larceny complaint.
While at the home, the victim said Pride “made his way” onto the victim’s property driving a silver Nissan Xterra. The victim told the trooper that he and his wife saw Pride on their video surveillance system as he stole tools and items from their garages and yard, according to the complaint.
Stolen items included a mini Dakota boat motor, a red Troy-Bilt 2550 pressure washer and pressure washer spray gun, a Craftsman MIG welder, vise grip pliers, dusk to dawn light, bathroom faucet, 10 gas-powered string trimmers, Firestorm chop saw, Utilitech submersible pump, McCulloch gas-powered leaf blower and a bag of gloves, worth a cumulative value of $3,215.
When the victim went outside to confront Pride, he told police, Pride assaulted the victim and fled the scene. While he drove off, Pride destroyed the victim’s two mountain bikes and two push mowers in the process.
Minutes later, the trooper was told that Pride had been sighted on Daybrook Road in Fairview.
Following the tip, the trooper and the corporal found Pride at the location, along with his Nissan Xterra and a large amount of stolen property, including the property taken from the victim’s property, the complaint states.
According to the court papers, Pride was found in an “extremely impaired state, likely the result of illicit drug use.” The complaint states Pride “acted extremely uncooperative with” the trooper and the corporal.
The trooper stated in the court papers that the damage to Pride’s vehicle appeared consistent with the victim’s description.
According to the complaint, Pride destroyed a fence and gate on the property where he was found.
On Oct. 17, Pride will have a preliminary hearing at 2:30 p.m. before Marion County Magistrate William T. Holmes.