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Man steals vehicle after Putnam County break-in, police say

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A Charleston man broke into a Teays Farm home in Putnam County before stealing a vehicle and fleeing to Charleston Thursday morning, police say.

Putnam County Sheriff's Detective Shawn Johnson said James Galloway, 34, entered a woman's home at about 11:30 a.m. The woman started shooting at Galloway, who ran down the street, according to Johnson.

Galloway allegedly stole a 2007 Jeep Wrangler parked at the 7-Eleven along W.Va. 817 in Scott Depot, according to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court. Police said the Jeep's owner left the keys in the ignition when he went inside the store.

State Police Sgt. T.L. Berry of the South Charleston detachment later spotted the stolen vehicle parked near Laidley Field, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. Officers then learned Galloway's description from 7-Eleven's security cameras.

Berry began patrolling and spotted Galloway at the Exxon on East Washington Street and pulled up beside him. Galloway allegedly took off running down Greenbrier Street and then fled right onto Franklin Street.

Berry followed and got out of the cruiser while ordering Galloway to stop, according to the complaint.

Berry tackled Galloway, who continued to resist arrest, police said.

Galloway was charged with grand larceny in Putnam County and obstructing an officer and fleeing in Kanawha County.

He was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court and ordered held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $5,000 bail.

Galloway, who has an address on Lee Street in Charleston, also has an address listed on South Union Street in Lima, Ohio.


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