Mason facing grand larceny charge

PARKERSBURG – Parkersburg Police arrested a Parkersburg man Monday for a theft that occurred last week, the Parkersburg Police Department said.

Police arrested Roger Lee Mason, 63, 1025 Lakeview Drive, Parkersburg, on a charge of grand larceny, Police Chief Joe Martin said.

At 8:13 p.m. Dec. 31, officers responded to City Perk at 3509 Emerson Ave. for a theft of money, Martin said.

The officers spoke with an employee who said the gambling machines were being emptied during the course of her shift, Martin said. While doing so, a bag containing money was left on a chair in the business, Martin said.

A customer, later identified as Mason, entered the business and sat in the chair where the bag of money was placed, Martin said. The employee said after the customer left, she could not locate the money bag, Martin said.

Detectives began an investigation on Jan. 1 and detectives obtained a copy of the surveillance video from the business.

The video shows Mason entering the establishment and sitting in the same chair where the money bag was lying, Martin said. During that time is when the money bag was concealed and later removed from the business, Martin said.

More than $3,000 was taken, Martin said.

At about 7:30 a.m. Monday, Mason returned to the business and police were called to remove him, Martin said. Officers responded and spoke with Mason, who was taken to the police department for questioning about the theft of cash, Martin said.

After questioning, Mason was charged with felony grand larceny, arraigned in Wood County Magistrate Court and released on a $5,000 bond, Martin said.

If convicted, Mason faces a possible penalty of 1-10 years in prison or in the discretion of the court, confinement in jail not more than one year and a fine of $2,500, Martin said.