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Two face burglary, possession charges in Berkeley County

June 18, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two men were in Eastern Regional Jail on Tuesday evening after being arrested in the theft of five rifles, a handgun and other property from the residence of a former West Virginia State Police trooper, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court and jail records.

Michael Lynn Robinson Jr., 31, and Robert David Barrett, 29, were arrested Monday. Each was charged with multiple burglary and drug possession-related charges stemming from the Thursday break-in at the officer's home in Berkeley County, according to court records.

The former trooper told Trooper M.D. Gillmore Saturday morning that he discovered five rifles and a handgun had been taken from his home, according to the investigating officer's complaint.

One suspect entered the home through a basement window and let the other inside, according to an account of the incident that Gillmore said one of the defendants provided to him.

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Three of the stolen weapons were exchanged for cocaine in Morgan County, another was sold to a man known as "T" and two shotguns were exchanged at a Hedgesville, W.Va.-area residence for heroin, according to statements that Gillmore and Trooper W.M. Roden said they obtained from the defendants.

Barrett allegedly told police that he and Robinson also stole a safe and two large containers of coins, which were later cashed in at Food Lion.

The men then bought heroin with the money and hid the stolen weapons before attempting to sell them, according to court records. The defendants were arrested at Spring Mills Apartments, where police said they were in possession of heroin.

In addition to burglary and related charges, Robinson also was arraigned by Magistrate Sandra L. Miller on two counts of forgery and uttering stemming from an unrelated case, according to court records.

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