Suspect Charged in Convenience Store Smash and Grab
MOUNDSVILLE – One of two men seen on camera driving a pickup truck through a Cameron storefront to steal a cash machine is facing felony charges.
On Nov. 6, a pickup truck was caught on security cameras at Mrs. D’s Hoagie Shack, near Cameron, circling the building before smashing through the storefront. Shortly after, two men climbed out of the vehicle and attached a cable to the ATM inside, pulling the machine out of the store, where it is loaded into the truck.
The driver of the truck was wearing a mask, which slipped off his face at certain points. The damage to the storefront totaled $20,579, according to court records.
The security camera footage was posted to social media, and several people called to identify the man on camera as being Willie Wayne Jones, 28, of Pittsburgh, according to court documents.
Jones was arrested in Wetzel County on Nov. 9, and later extradited to his home state on unrelated warrants. During his incarceration, Marshall County sheriff’s deputies attempted to interview Jones, but he declined to speak to police.
Detectives said they saw photographs of the clothes Jones was wearing when he was arrested, which matched the coat the occasionally masked suspect was wearing in the security footage — a zip-up brown coat with a white fuzzy liner. A receipt also allegedly in Jones’ possession placed him at an Autozone, where he was also seen wearing the same coat, according to Autozone’s security footage, as well as the same shoes seen at Mrs. D’s.
The truck used in the break-in was reported stolen, and was eventually located in nearby Wind Ridge, Pa. The truck had been stolen from that area.
In Marshall County, Jones faces charges of grand larceny, entry of a building other than a dwelling, destruction of property and bringing stolen property into the state.
Marshall County Chief Deputy Bill Helms said Jones faces charges in Pennsylvania of breaking and entering, grand larceny, transportation of stolen property, and felony destruction of property. Helms said they currently have no timeframe for prosecuting Jones in West Virginia, as he would be held in Pennsylvania for the forseeable future.
“I think it’s like nine months (Jones is incarcerated), and there will be a detainer, if there’s not one already,” Helms said Tuesday. “We’ll get him.”
The second person involved in the burglary is still under police investigation, Helms said.