Wheeling Police Arrest Accused Burglar, Car Thief
WHEELING — Two people were arrested recently in connection to felony thefts in the city.
In late August, Wheeling police responded to a Cherry Hill Road apartment where a burglary had been reported. Inside, residents said numerous electronics had been stolen, including a laptop, game console and a television, as well as cigarettes. Officers said there was damage to the door frame, and that they found a fake fingernail inside the apartment.
Investigating the case, police spoke with the downstairs neighbor, Teela Hoffman, age not given, of Wheeling, who was allegedly missing her own fake fingernail. Police said they were able to match the serial number of a television inside the apartment with the one stolen from the neighbors, as well as its remote. Hoffman then allegedly showed police where the stolen laptop was.
According to the report, Hoffman told police that she was inside the neighbor’s apartment, but said two others — who were not charged, as of Monday — were the ones stealing the electronics. One of the alleged accomplices said she had not spoken with Hoffman in two years, and the other has been jailed since Aug. 2.
Hoffman was charged with burglary and released on $10,000 bond. Her preliminary hearing was not yet set.
In an unrelated arrest Wednesday, West Virginia State Police received a call of a stolen vehicle in Woodsdale. Three hours after the call came in, a trooper spotted the vehicle on U.S. 40, and stopped the driver, Nathan Parker, 39, of Cleveland.
Parker was arrested without incident and charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. He also posted $10,000 bond and his preliminary hearing has not been set.