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Man charged after police recover paintball equipment

April 06, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police have recovered about $4,000 in paintball guns and accessories stolen in March from a Berkeley County business, and a man was arraigned Thursday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court in connection with the case, according to records.

Joshua Gregory Shiley, 19, of 1120 Shiley Road in Inwood, W.Va., was charged by Berkeley County Sheriff's Department Deputy R.L. Steerman Jr., with breaking and entering, grand larceny and conspiracy breaking and entering. A $7,500 bond was set by Magistrate Jim Humphrey.

On March 11, Steerman responded to Skyline Paintball at 1504 Winchester Ave. to talk with the business owner, who discovered the front door window broken.

Several paintball guns were missing and $250 in cash was taken from the cash drawer, Steerman later was told.

An employee told Steerman that Shiley was at his house the night before the break-in was reported because they were supposed to go paintballing with another friend.

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Before Shiley left the home about 1 a.m., the employee said the accused wanted the keys to the store and said he was going to break-in.

"... he thought Shiley was joking, but either way did not give him the keys," Steerman said.

"Shiley was seen (on March 11) with a book bag full of paintball accessories that were still in the original packages," Steerman wrote in his complaint.

Police later discovered "Shiley 55" to be the name of a seller of an L7 bolt paintball gun on eBay, and Shiley's father told investigators that the number was his son's high school football jersey number, Steerman said.

Steerman said in his complaint that Shiley confessed on March 19, and later showed police where he stashed the stolen merchandise off Mish Road in Berkeley County.

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