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CVS Drugstore in Downtown Wheeling Target of Three Separate Crimes

A Wheeling man remains jailed after allegedly being caught on camera smashing his way into a Wheeling CVS store, where he went inside for just a few minutes before being apprehended.

Darin Browning, 31, of Wheeling was arrested after city police responded to a motion alarm at the CVS Pharmacy on Market Street around 10:20 p.m. on Jan. 13. At the scene, police found that the glass in the front door had been shattered. When they made their way inside the building, Browning allegedly was found attempting to hide in one of the shelves. He was arrested without further incident.

On the security camera footage, Browning allegedly was seen in front of the store, loitering for about 30 minutes before finding a large rock and throwing it through the glass. Officers say he then was captured on camera going up one of the aisles before using a chair to hop over the counter of the pharmacy. A short time later, police are seen on the video arriving at the scene.

Browning was charged with breaking and entering, a felony, and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond at the Northern Regional Jail. His preliminary hearing was Thursday.

In an unrelated arrest, two men were charged with entering without breaking in an apparent theft attempt from the same CVS store. Around 1 p.m. Jan. 16, the store manager reported to police that Isaiah Wrangler, 30, of Wheeling attempted to cause a distraction to the cashier by allegedly attempting to steal the store keys and cigarettes that were on the counter.

At the same time, Seth Barnett, 34, of Wheeling allegedly was recorded going into the store, watching the distraction, and placing an $8.79 bottle of lotion in his backpack before swiftly leaving the store.

Both men have an address listed by police as “streets of Wheeling,” indicating they are homeless.

Both Barnett and Wrangler were charged with felony entering without breaking and lodged at the Northern Regional Jail. Their preliminary hearings are set for 10:30 a.m. today.


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