Man arrested after burglaries

PARKERSBURG – One arrest was made after three overnight burglaries in the Julia-Ann Square Historic District on Tuesday night, officials said Wednesday.

Morgan James Stuart, 20, of 1108 18th St., Parkersburg, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday by officers with the Parkersburg Police Department on a charge of night-time burglary after he allegedly broke into three Julia-Ann Square Historic District homes in two hours, said Police Chief Joe Martin.

Stuart was arraigned on a charge of night-time burglary at the Wood County Magistrate Court on Wednesday and failed to make a bond of $75,000. He was transported to the North Central Regional Jail to await trial.

Officers with the Parkersburg Police Department responded to complaints of burglaries from the 900 and 1100 blocks of Juliana Street, as well as the 1000 block of Ann Street, between 11:40 p.m. Tuesday and 1:40 a.m. Wednesday, Martin said.

The names of the three victims in these robberies have not been released.

At 11:42 p.m., officers received the first call from the 1100 block of Juliana Street, where the victim of the alleged burglary reported seeing a man climb through an open window of the residence, Martin said.

The victim reported she had screamed and the person breaking into the home ran when she did, Martin said.

Officers saturated the area in hopes of catching the suspect, Martin said. An investigation revealed a security video located the suspect in the neighborhood before the burglary, he said.

At 12:22 a.m., officers were alerted to a burglary at the 1000 block of Ann Street, Martin said. Officers spoke with the victim, who claimed someone had been inside the residence. The victim reported hearing drawers being opened and closed, but the suspect fled the scene without making contact with the victim, Martin said.

The scene was processed by Parkersburg Police officers and the search for suspects was expanded to include this area, Martin said.

At 1:39 a.m., a third call came in about a burglary in the 900 block of Juliana Street, Martin said. The victim reported hearing someone inside her home and then hearing her back door close, Martin said.

Officers processed the scene and expanded their search efforts again, he said.

Some time later, officers found Stuart in the area, Martin said. After Stuart was stopped and questioned by police, officers found a discarded pair of gloves nearby, Martin said.

When Parkersburg Police officers advised Stuart he was under arrest, he attempted to run from the officers, but was taken into custody a few seconds later without further incident, Martin said.

After he was arrested, Stuart was found to have evidence from the burglarized properties on his person, Martin said. The evidence will be returned to the owners once it is processed, he said.

Detectives were still investigating the incident and additional charges are expected. Martin said he was confident that evidence will prove the burglaries are related to one another.