A Millwood man was arrested recently in connection with a string of thefts late last month.
Brandon Roy Hussell, 20, 137 Ivy Drive, Millwood, was charged with receiving/transferring stolen goods, two counts of grand larceny, daytime burglary, and breaking and entering, all felonies, in connection with four separate incidents. His bond was set at $60,000 and he was incarcerated in South Central Regional Jail.
On Sunday, June 17, at approximately 1:07 p.m., Corporal M. P. Fannin of the West Virginia State Police responded to a call from Jackson County Communications at 1299 Mount Alto Road about a reported day time burglary and grand larceny.
According to a criminal complaint, when he arrived, Fannin met with Bernard Roy Hussell, the victim, and his wife, Luanna Hussell. The victim stated that when he and his wife left the residence at 9:30 a.m. to attend church service, he was sure all doors to his residence was secured. When he and his wife returned around 11:45 a.m., he unlocked the back door and entered the residence.
The victim stated he then walked into his bedroom and noticed a 410 shotgun shell laying on his bedroom floor and saw that his glass container, which sits on top of his dresser, was missing approximately $200 in coins, with approximately an additional $200 dollars in coins still inside, according to the complaint.
The victim told police he then opened the top drawer of the dresser and discovered approximately $2,000 dollars in cash was missing from a white paper bank envelope, the complaint states.
The victim stated that he then went to his bedroom closet and discovered his 410 caliber single shot shotgun was missing along with a box of 410 shotgun shells.
On July 05, around 4 p.m., Fannin learned Hussell had been arrested by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding felony warrant and other unrelated charges and transported back to the Sheriffs for arrest processing and investigative interviews related to ongoing investigations.
Around 6:15 p.m. the same day, Fannin arrived at the Jackson County Sheriffs Office and requested to interview Hussell, who allegedly said he entered the victim’s residence by entering through a open bedroom window and stole the items, according to the complaint.
In a separate incident, shortly after 8 a.m. on June 19, the Jackson County 911 Center received a request for law enforcement from Roy Ferrell Jr. regarding the theft of a vehicle from 12 Paw Paw Lane, Cottageville, according to a criminal complaint.
Deputy G.D. Baldwin contacted Ferrell by phone and Ferrell said his son, Roy Ferrell III, owns a black 1993 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck that was parked at their residence on the night of June 18 at approximately 10 p.m.
Around 8 a.m. the following day, the truck was discovered missing. The truck was unlocked and the keys were in the truck.
Around 10:30 a.m. on June 19, Baldwin received a call from the Ferrell stating he had located the stolen vehicle on Clarksburg Road Cottageville in a hay field. The suspect was still behind the wheel of the vehicle. Ferrell reached through the open door window and placed the suspect in a headlock. The suspect slipped out of the headlock and picked up what the complainant described as a sawed off 410 gauge shotgun from the seat and brandished toward the complainant and his friend, Robert Casto. Casto and the complainant talked the suspect into exiting the truck and putting the shotgun down and leaving the scene on foot traveling west on Clarksburg Road.
Baldwin, along with Lt. C.C. Metz, Chief Deputy H.L. Faber, Detective Sergeant M.E. Cullen, and State Police Corporal W.F. Donohoe Ill, responded to Clarksburg Road and searched the area extensively for the suspect without any success.
After searching the area for the suspect, Baldwin returned to 627 Clarksburg Road where the complainant had moved the truck to after retrieving it from the suspect. Baldwin processed the truck for DNA from the steering wheel and moon roof latch. Baldwin also collected three Prime one quart oil bottles from the truck. Two empty bottles were removed from the bed of the truck and one full bottle was removed from the cab of the truck. Baldwin also noted two pepperoni rolls in a plastic bag on the seat of the truck. The complainant stated that the oil and rolls were not in the truck when it was parked at his residence.
Later in the day on June 19, Baldwin received a telephone call from the Casto, who stated that the Evans Crossroads Store located sells Prime oil and pepperoni rolls. Baldwin contacted the store and they located a sale of those items early on June 19 between 7 and 7:30 a.m.
On June 25, Baldwin and Deputy Julia Bowen met with Tyler Hamilton at the Crossroads General Store in Evans to review surveillance video with a possible suspect with the stolen truck. While reviewing the video a male individual enters the store in a blue shirt and white hat. That individual purchases three quarts of Prime brand oil in one quart bottles and pepperoni rolls. Further review of the cameras on the exterior of the building show the stolen truck drive through the parking lot operated by an individual wearing a blue shirt and white hat just prior to the suspect entering the store.
Baldwin presented the video to Detective Lt. R.J. Knox and he identified the suspect in the video to be Brandon Hussell.
In yet another incident, around 6 p.m. on June 19, Deputy C.R. Saltsgaver spoke with Sabrina Hartley about the theft of an ATV. Hartley stated that the ATV was owned by a relative of hers and was stolen from Antioch Road. Hartley stated she did not have much information but the owner of the ATV was Charles Hartley and would have the information needed.
Saltsgaver attempted to contact Chartes Hartley at the phone number provided. Saltsgaver spoke to Charles Hartley’s wife who advised he was not home.
Hartley advised that the ATV was a 2004 Yamaha 450 Rhino red in color. The ATV was valued at approximately $3,000. The ATV was stored in a barn located at 164 Antioch Road Cottageville at the time of the theft. The ATV was believed to have been stolen some time between Saturday June 16 and Tuesday June 19.
Saltsgaver asked that Charles Hartley call him back when available and provide the VIN number for the ATV.
On Wednesday, June 20, Hartley contacted Seltsgaver by telephone and provided the VIN for the stolen ATV.
Saltsgaver provided a copy of his report to the Jackson County 911 Center and the vehicle was entered into the National Crime Information Center computer as stolen.
On July 5, Hussell was arrested on unrelated charges to the case. During an interview with Detective Sergeant M. E. Cullen, Hussell allegedly admitted to the theft and agreed to accompany Cullen to the spot in the woods off of Cow Run Road in Cottageville, where Hussell stated that he abandoned the vehicle. After the completion of his statement, Hussell did accompany Cullen and Cpl. M. P. Fannin of the West Virginia State Police and did take us to the exact spot where he left the side by side weeks earlier on Cow Run Road. At that time Cullen did photograph the side by side In It’s resting spot and notified the owner who came to the scene and picked the side by side up.
In a fourth incident, around 12:30 p.m. on June 20 hours, the Jackson County 911 Center received a request for law enforcement from Earl West regarding his outbuilding being broken into overnight at 399 Baier Ridge Road Cottageville. Deputy G.D. Baldwin and Lt. C.C. Metz responded to the scene.
Upon arrival, Baldwin spoke with West’s neighbor, Byron Euler, regarding the breaking and entering. Euler directed Baldwin and Metz to a storage shed to the north of West’s home. Euler stated that an unknown individual had pushed an air conditioner into the building to gain entry and exited the building the same way as evidenced by the entry door still being padlocked.
Prior to law enforcement’s arrival, Euler located a blue tarp directly across Baier Ridge from the building. The tarp contained items such es a full pack of toilet paper, a small fan, and other assorted items not commonly stolen during a breaking and entering. While examining the other side of Baier Ridge, Baldwin and Metz located a Craftsman bag containing a new 19.2 volt Craftsman drill and circular saw set, several rolls of yarn, an electrical extension cord, and a set of yellow bolt cutters.
Based on the location of the items, it appeared that the suspect had planned on returning to the scene at a later time to retrieve the items.
When Hussell was arrested on unrelated charges to this case and interviewed, Hussell allegedly admitted to pushing the air conditioner into the window to gain entry, to removing items and taking them across the road and hiding them in order to come back and retrieve the stolen Items at a later time.