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Weedeater theft leads to discovery of marijuana plants

July 22, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A West Virginia State Police trooper’s investigation of a reported weedeater theft last month led to the officer’s discovery of five marijuana plants at an Inwood, W.Va., woman’s residence, according to court records.

Barbara B. Sanders, 63, of 62 Carter Lane, was arraigned Monday by Berkeley County Magistrate JoAnn Overington on single counts of cultivation of marijuana and battery, according to magistrate court documents.

State Police Cpl. J.B. Flanigan said in a criminal complaint that the marijuana plants in her vegetable garden were between one and two feet tall.

Flanigan said Sanders indicated she used the marijuana for her back pain and to help her appetite and that she did not sell the drug.

Flanigan said the defendant, who was released on a personal recognizance bond, also indicated she could not go to jail because she did not have anyone to take care of her many cats and dogs in the residence, according to court documents.

The battery charge stemmed from an unrelated matter investigated by the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, documents said.

Flanigan said he went to Sanders’ home to follow up on an investigation of a larceny not in progress in the 200 block of Presidential Drive in Inwood on June 11.

Flanigan said he was told the theft of the weedeater occurred between May 17 and May 24 and that the victim later found it at a Charles Town pawn shop.

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