Break-In Suspect Allegedly Looted Christmas Card

WHEELING – Police were able to place David Hicks at the scene of a home invasion in Warwood after they matched his fingerprints to those found on an envelope that contained a Christmas card and $10.

Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe arraigned Hicks on Tuesday on a charge of nighttime burglary. Hicks, 36, of Wheeling remained in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville late Friday in lieu of $50,000 bond.

According to police, someone entered the basement of a home on Warwood Avenue on Jan. 8. Once inside, the suspects took about $10,000 from a metal box in the bedroom, the resident told police, as well as the $10 bill that was inside a Christmas card.

The box was found empty outside the home. The envelope that contained the card was still in the house, and detectives collected it as evidence.

On Jan. 28, the West Virginia Forensic Laboratory notified Wheeling police detectives that the fingerprints on the envelope were positively identified as those of Hicks. Magistrate Charles Murphy then issued a warrant for Hicks’ arrest, which officers served earlier this week.