WHEELING- Police arrested two Moundsville residents Monday at the Hampton Inn and Suites at The Highlands after finding drugs, $36,000 in cash under a bed, $1,000 in a shoe and $1,193 on a countertop.
James Parr, 30, and Loretta Minor, 34, were arrested and booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville, where it was found that Parr was carrying multiple pills inside of his body.
According to the criminal complaints filed against Parr and Minor, deputies responded to a call from hotel management at 2 p.m. Monday in reference to suspicious activity in one of the hotel rooms. Upon arrival deputies learned that Parr had called the front desk several times complaining that he was afraid of men in the hallway near his door. The report said Parr refused to leave his room to pay his bill and, instead, gave the money to a hotel housekeeper to be taken to the front desk.
According to the report, Parr gave deputies access to the room, where they also found Minor.
While questioning Parr and Minor, deputies allegedly saw a Mason jar containing marijuana residue and a small black pistol partially covered by towels.
The two consented to a search of the room, and deputies reportedly found a zip-lock style bag containing 12 grams of marijuana, $1,193 on a countertop and latex gloves.
The report said Parr told deputies that he feared for his safety from his family members who were waiting for him outside because they believed he had stolen a safe containing between $50,000 and $60,000, collectible coins, jewelry and gold utensils.
Officers continued the search and found $36,000 under the bed. Minor then allegedly helped a deputy and West Virginia State Trooper recover $1,000 from her shoe.
Items entered into evidence at the Wheeling state police detachment included jewelry, marijuana, cash, prescription pills, cellphones, a bag containing cocaine residue, an Ohio vehicle title and two bank debit cards.
According to the report, the couple then admitted to stealing a safe Saturday from the Shadyside home of Parr's grandfather. Police later searched Minor's home and found another $1,000 in a bedroom dresser wrapped in a similar manner as the money found in the hotel room
The two were jailed in Moundsville, and the report alleges that correctional officers had recovered 16 hydrocodone pills and three buprenorphine hydrochloride pills that Parr had tied into the fingers of latex gloves and inserted into his body. According to the report, both Parr and Minor told deputies during the initial search that they were not hiding anything in their bodies.
Ohio County Magistrate Harry Radcliffe set bond at $50,000 for Parr and $25,000 for Minor.