MARTINSBURG, W.VA. - A Martinsburg man accused in the breaking and entering of a Berkeley County business in January allegedly left his young daughter in a sport utility vehicle at the crime scene after stealing more than $5,000 in jewelry, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.
James Edward Easterday III, 27, of 72 Bessemer Lane in Martinsburg, was charged with breaking and entering, grand larceny and child neglect by West Virginia State Police Trooper C.A. Ellwanger, according to records.
Easterday's 3- or 4-year-old daughter was found crying inside a black SUV parked south of Freda's Creations at 2753 Williamsport Pike after police went to investigate a report of a suspicious vehicle there on Jan. 16 about 6 p.m., Ellwanger said in his complaint.
Though upset and alone, the girl was not injured, but the owners of the business told police that jewelry valued at $5,887 was taken from the shop along with some change from the cash register, police said.