MOUNDSVILLE - One of three men charged with attempting to burglarize a home was free on bond when officers found him inside the house.
James Christopher Snow Jr., 20, and Michael Anthony Whitt, 19, both of Moundsville and Michael Edward Smith, 18, of Wheeling are charged with felony nighttime breaking and entering of a residence with intent to commit a crime. Snow had been released from jail in March under $2,500 bond on an unrelated charge of felony wanton endangerment for allegedly shooting a 9-year-old girl in the eye with a BB gun inside a home in Moundsville on March 7.
According to the criminal complaint on file in Marshall County Magistrate Court, at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, a resident of Eighth Street in Moundsville called to report several males trying to get into his neighbor's home. The caller said he thought one of the men had a weapon. The man also told dispatchers he knew his neighbor was out of town.
JAMES SNOW JR.
Moundsville police, Marshall County sheriff's deputies and Glen Dale police responded to the scene. Upon their arrival, officers found Whitt standing near a broken basement window and later found Snow and Smith inside the home.
All three men were taken into custody and questioned by detectives at the Moundsville police station.
During questioning, Snow told police the three had planned the break-in after another individual told them there was a gun and money inside the home, the complaint states.
Smith reportedly told detectives he had broken the window, climbed through and let Snow in through a doorway.
On Wednesday afternoon, Whitt had been released from the Northern Regional Jail under $15,000 bond. Smith remained in jail in lieu of $15,000 bond, while Snow was lodged there with bond set at $50,000.