HARRISVILLE - Police have arrested three Parkersburg residents believed to be involved in a Harrisville burglary and robbery Thursday.
Jessica H. Knight, 25, Parkersburg; Anthony D. Pruitt, 26, Parkersburg, and James R. Busch, 27, Parkersburg, were charged in Wood County with felony transferring of stolen goods. The three were also charged with daytime burglary in Ritchie County as well as an additional second-degree robbery charge for Pruitt.
The charges stem from an incident at the Harrisville home of Clare I. Snyder, 64, according to Cpl. O.S. Starsick with the Harrisville detachment of the West Virginia State Police.
During the burglary, Snyder returned home to see two white men exiting a window of her home with electronic items in their hands, heading to an awaiting vehicle containing a female driver, police said. The vehicle was in her driveway.
"Snyder blocked the suspects' vehicle with her truck to stop them from leaving," Starsick said. "When she did this, one of the male suspects approached her and pleaded with her to not call the law."
When Snyder denied the request, the suspect pulled Snyder from her truck and dropped her to the ground, which broke her arm in the process, police said. At this time, the suspect also took her purse and the truck's keys.
"Because he used force, this became a robbery instead of a burglary," Starsick said.
Snyder got a ride from a passing vehicle to the state police office and gave a report.
"She was able to provide descriptions of the suspects, the licence plate number on the car and the possibility of a child in the car," Starsick said.
A broadcast was put out for surrounding areas and, at 4:16 p.m., the 911 center in Parkersburg received a call about a vehicle matching the description in the area of 13th and Lynn streets.
Officers responded to the area and found the vehicle's occupants, who were identified and detained.
"Evidence of the crime was recovered from the suspects' vehicle and respective residences by the West Virginia State Police along with the assistance of the Parkersburg Police Department," according to a report from the West Virginia State Police. Investigation revealed that an 8-month-old infant had been in the suspects' vehicle at the time of the robbery.
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources will be notified for a follow-up in this matter, Starsick said.
Snyder was treated and released from St. Joseph's Hospital.