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Wheeling Woman Faces Burglary Charge

A woman faces felony charges after allegedly breaking into a man’s house and taking his snacks, claiming that a flood was coming and that they were doomed.

Around 11:30 on July 30, Bethlehem police responded to a burglary in progress on Willow Lane, where a resident reported hearing someone in his house. The homeowner told police that he saw a person he didn’t know, described as a white woman in black pants, in the hallway to his kitchen.

The woman was reportedly carrying his grapes, Reese’s cups and iced tea. The man told her the woman told him that “There is a flood, and we are all going to die,” at which point he yelled at her to leave, which she did. The man told police that she had walked across the street and was in his neighbor’s yard.

Bethlehem police found a woman matching the description in the area, who identified herself as Tammy Lemasters, 53, of Wheeling. Lemasters allegedly said she was being treated at Wheeling Hospital when a man started chasing her, causing her to flee through the woods to safety. Lemasters claimed she climbed the hill between Wheeling Hospital and Bethlehem and went to a nearby house for help.

Police note that Wheeling Hospital has security staff working 24 hours a day, and that it “would have been more practical” for her to seek help at the hospital, rather than trying to climb a steep hill.

The man who called the police identified Lemasters as the woman that had been in his house, and showed police several doors in the basement that had been opened, where she’s believed to have entered the house.

Lemasters was charged with burglary, a felony. She remains lodged at the Northern Regional Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.

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