GRAFTON—A Grafton man found himself in trouble with the law after he attempted to steal items from a local chain superstore.
30-year-old Justin Allen Mayle is being charged with misdemeanor shoplifiting and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, after the manager at Wal-Mart contacted law enforcement for a reported theft.
At approximately 11:45 p.m. on February 7, officers with the Grafton Police Department arrived on the scene and spoke with the store’s manager.
According to the criminal complaint filed by Patrolman Clinton Mayle, he and Patrolman Coleman Durrett were informed that the manager had witnessed the defendant unwrapping unpurchased merchandise and placing it in his pocket. She reported that the item that J. Mayle had attempted to take was a comb.
The complaint reports that Taylor County Sheriff’s Department Captain Randy Durrett, who assisted with the call, recovered the comb from the defendant, and J. Mayle was placed under arrest.
Unfortunately for J. Mayle, his troubles would only continue as the officers carried out a search of his person after he had been apprehended. While being searched by the officers, five small clear baggies and another container were found in one of the defendant’s pockets.
It is reported that the two of the baggies and the vessel contained a small amount of crystal-like substance that the officers believed to be methamphetamine. Once the substance was field tested, their suspicions were confirmed.
During the search, officers also recovered multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia from the defendant’s pockets.
J. Mayle was taken into custody and was further processed before being transported to the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, where he is still currently being held on a $3,000 cash or surety bond.