Berkeley County man, woman charged in theft of televisions, DVDs and alcohol

December 27, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Berkeley County man and woman are accused of stealing two LCD TVs and 18 movie DVDs from the Walmart in Spring Mills, W.Va., and multiple bottles of alcohol from a nearby 7-Eleven along Williamsport Pike, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Eddie Donivan Jr., of 53 Bessemer Lane, Martinsburg, and Paula Michelle Nails of 40 Wide Lane, Falling Waters, W.Va., were arraigned Tuesday on single counts of grand larceny and petit larceny, and two counts of conspiracy, the court documents said.

Donivan, 41, also was charged with driving suspended third offense and reckless driving.

Nails, 38, was charged with one count of possession of heroin, the documents said.

The defendants were taken into custody about an hour after two West Virginia state troopers responded to the 7-Eleven at 1754 Williamsport Pike at 11:24 p.m. Monday to investigate the reported alcohol theft, the documents said.

Donivan and Nails were riding in a 2000 Ford Mustang that was registered to Nails when the vehicle was stopped on Broad Lane near Wide Lane after speeding more than 75 mph on Williamsport Pike, the documents said.

In the Mustang, police found two Samsung TVs that were later determined to be worth about $400 each, and a bag full of DVDs and Blu-Ray movies worth about $270, the  documents said.

Police said Nails admitted to stealing the merchandise from Walmart and the alcohol from the 7-Eleven when asked if she knew why police were attempting to find her.
Police said Nails also admitted that a small piece of plastic straw containing brown powder that was found in the vehicle was heroin.

Employees at both businesses identified the defendants in the crimes, the documents said.

— Matthew Umstead

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