Police charge officer in break-in at Jefferson animal control

November 12, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Police have charged Jefferson County's chief animal control officer with falsely reporting an emergency incident and making a false statement to a law enforcement officer in connection with an Oct. 18 break-in at the Jefferson County Animal Control office.

Curtis Dillow, of 79 Harry Shirley Road, Kearneysville, also was charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and destruction of property, said Detective Sgt. Sam Harmon of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department.

A sheriff's deputy responded to the Jefferson County Animal Control office on Oct. 18 after Dillow reported the break-in, Harmon said Thursday.


Harmon said police were told that guns, dart guns, drugs used to sedate animals, a digital camera and a police radio were taken from the animal shelter along Leetown Pike, near the former Jefferson County Landfill.

When detectives began investigating the case, they determined that electric service to the shelter had been shut off twice on Oct. 18, Harmon said.

Detectives speculated that the power might have been turned off to make sure the building's burglar alarm did not go off, Harmon said.

All the employees were given polygraph tests, Harmon said.

Dillow was picked up at his home Wednesday night, Harmon said.

All the items that were stolen from the animal shelter were recovered, Harmon said.

Additional information was not available Thursday.

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