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Man charged with stealing SUV said he was going to return it

July 07, 2010

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A man accused of stealing a vehicle from a member of Gold's Gym in Martinsburg while the victim was exercising told police that he hoped to return it before anyone noticed, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Jason Matthew Oakley, 31, 39 Executive Lane, Hedgesville, W.Va., was in Eastern Regional Jail on Wednesday on $13,000 bond that was set by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington, according to court and jail records.

Oakley is charged with grand larceny, possession of a controlled substance and driving while his license had been revoked for a non-DUI offense, according to a complaint that was filed with the court by West Virginia State Police Trooper W.M. Roden.

The victim told police that he discovered that his Toyota Highlander was taken from the parking lot after exercising on Sunday, according to court records.

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A surveillance video recording showed how the suspect took a set of keys from a peg board inside the gym and then appeared to press the "keyless entry" button to find the victim's car in the parking lot, according to court records.

Little more than an hour after responding to investigate the vehicle theft, Roden saw a Toyota Highlander that matched the stolen vehicle's description on Duke Road while he was responding to a disturbance complaint, according to court records.

After stopping the vehicle, Roden found that the driver appeared to match the suspect description obtained from the surveillance video recording at the gym, according to court records.

"He stated that he was hoping to take the vehicle and return it before the owner knew it had been taken," Roden said in his complaint. The defendant told Roden that he intended to move his belongings from the Knight's Inn along Edwin Miller Boulevard to another location, according to court records.

Oakley was found in possession of the victim's debit card; $500 in cash; several syringes; bottles of liquid that the defendant told Roden was Phenoplex, an anabolic steroid; bags of clothing and other items, according to court records.

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