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Two charged in burglary of Subway in Berkeley County

November 07, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Hedgesville, W.Va., residents have been arraigned on charges stemming from the October 2008 burglary of a Subway sandwich shop at 3790 Hedgesville Road, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Brian R. Wasson, 36, and Michelle L. Kelley, 29, both of 29 Barrett Lane, were arraigned Wednesday by Magistrate Harry L. Snow on charges of breaking and entering, conspiracy to commit breaking and entering, destruction of property, and possession of marijuana and cocaine, records show.

Snow set a $37,500 bond for both defendants and Wasson was still in Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday evening, according to court and jail records.

West Virginia State Police Trooper Z.L. Nine said in a complaint that Kelley was a former employee of the business who had been terminated several weeks before the reported break-in and wasn't happy about it.

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Nine said that several hundred dollars was taken, including $240 from the "change safe," along with about $100 in coins in a bank bag. The videotape from the security system and baggies of deli meat also were stolen after the back door of the store was kicked in, the officer said in his complaint.

A confidential informant told Trooper Nine on Oct. 19 that Wasson had told people about the incident. The next day, police searched the couple's residence, according to the trooper's complaint.

At the home, police allege they found drug paraphernalia for smoking crack cocaine and marijuana as well as a small amount of each drug.

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