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Berkeley County pair charged with toilet paper caper

December 08, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Berkeley County woman accused of taking part in the theft of toilet paper from a Dollar Store told police the three 24-roll packs, along with reported stolen gloves and toboggans, were to be donated to charity for Christmas, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Dawn Marie Breeden, 44, of 294 Smallwood Drive, near Martinsburg, was arraigned by Magistrate Joan V. Bragg on charges of giving false information to West Virginia State Police Trooper J.S. Chumley, and accessory before the fact, according to court records.

Troy Breeden, 39, who resides with Dawn Breeden, was charged with second offense petit larceny and conspiracy to commit the felony.

Bragg set cash-only bonds of $50,500 and $50,000 for the couple, who both were in Eastern Regional Jail on Friday evening.

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Chumley said in his complaint that he arrested Dawn Breeden on Thursday evening while assisting Trooper J.D. Burkhart with serving a warrant for Troy Breeden, who court officials said on Friday failed to appear at a court hearing on a prior charge of second degree petit larceny.

Dawn Breeden initially told Chumley that she only purchased one roll of toilet paper for $1.06 and claimed she didn't know the 24-packs were in the vehicle she had been driving, according to Chumley's complaint.

She told Chumley that the gloves and toboggans in the car - with price tags still attached - were donated to her, and said she was going to donate all of the items to children for Christmas instead of video games, according to the officer's complaint.

Trooper Burkhart later was able to verify that the Breedens were shopping at the Dollar Store off Eagle School Road about 6:30 p.m. Store employees " remember the female yelling if that was all the toilet paper they had, at which time (Troy Breeden) left the store with his coat zipped and his hand inside his pocket(s)," Chumley said. "...When (Troy Breeden) left the store he was 'kind of bent over' as if he had something in his coat."

The employees later noticed 24-packs of toilet paper, valued at $5.50 each, as well as toboggans and gloves, valued at $98, were missing, Chumley said.

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