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Man suspected of two burglaries arrested

Tips from community led to apprehension

Tips from the community led sheriff’s deputies to a Monongalia County man suspected of two burglaries.

Larry T. Heaster, 24, is charged with two counts of burglary by the Mon County Sheriff’s Office.

He was arrested without incident by Deputy B. Broker about 11:45 a.m. at Mon Health Medical Center,  after a tip from a member of the community, Sheriff Perry Palmer said.

Palmer said he was thankful for the numerous tips that helped them apprehend Heaster.

Heaster is accused of breaking into a house on Falling Run Road at 8:42 a.m. April 11, according to a criminal complaint.

Nothing was taken and there was no sign of forced entry, the complaint said. The incident was captured on video and provided to the Morgantown Police Department, the complaint said.

On April 26, Officer K. Compton of  MPD saw Heaster on Walnut Street, stopped him and identified him, the complaint said. Compton confirmed Heaster matched the footage on his phone and positively identified him.

The second alleged burglary took place about 10:20 a.m. when a resident of Woodside Drive reported a man in his garage, according to a criminal complaint.

A deputy spotted the suspect on a bicycle on Scott Avenue and attempted to stop him, but the suspect was able to escape, the complaint said.

Video and photos of the break-in were provided to deputies and were used to identify Heaster.

Heaster is being held in North Central Regional Jail on a probation violation, Palmer said. His bond was set at $50,000 personal recognizance for the burglary charges.

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