January 20 – MORGANTOWN – Area law enforcement recently responded to several calls about burglaries and break and enters, resulting in the arrest of five people.

Paul William Shaffer, 22, of Masontown, and Kimberly Ann Cairney, 34, of Fairmont, were arrested by Monongalia County Sheriff’s Deputies and charged with burglary, conspiracy, possession and obstruction after entering broke into a vacant apartment in a complex at 971 Chestnut Ridge Road in Morgantown on January 12 where they are believed to have been using drugs, according to criminal complaints.

Deputy Derek Stemple, who answered the call, arrived at the scene and made contact with the resort’s maintenance worker, Tyler DeShields.

DeShields told Stemple he discovered the door to a vacant apartment had been forced open and found two people inside, according to the complaint. DeShields said when he tried to enter, the pair tried to hold him back by pressing on the back of the door as he tried to open it.

DeShields was finally able to enter the apartment and told the pair that they were going in and that he needed to take their picture, which he did, before leaving.

Stemple said in the complaint that while checking the apartment, several used needles were found on the bathroom floor and in the bathroom cabinet. There was also a container of glasses that read “NARCAN KAH NARCAN” on it.

Deputies were able to determine the suspects were Shaffer and Cairney after checking photos taken by DeShields in the mugshot system.

Shaffer and Cairney were located and taken into custody. They are currently being held at the North Central Regional Jail on bails of $22,500 and $16,750, respectively.

Cyril Phillips, 46, of Morgantown, was also charged with burglary after deputies responded to a reported domestic dispute on January 15 on Stewart Street in Morgantown.

According to the criminal complaint, once at the scene, deputies were greeted by the victim who had blood on his shirt, visible redness around his nose and blood in his hair. There was also a male victim in the apartment who had apparent head and cheek injuries.

The victim told deputies that her boyfriend, Phillips, kicked the locked door to the apartment the victims were in and began beating them both, according to the complaint. The woman told officers she believed Phillips was able to find her using the tracking app on her phone.

Deputies found Phillips outside the apartment complex and he and the female victim were living there. He was taken into custody and released on $10,000 bond.

On Jan. 18, Morgantown Police Officer N. Scott was broken into Central Hauling at 1358 Green Bag Road in Morgantown, according to a criminal complaint.

Scott said upon arriving at the scene, a white male exited the building through a side door near the garage. The man has been identified as Brian Eugene Hamilton, 32, of Morgantown.

According to the complaint, Hamilton had several bags containing items from Central Hauling. He was taken into custody and charged with breaking and entering. He is currently being held at the North Central Regional Jail on $15,000 bond.

In a separate incident on Jan. 18, Morgantown officers were dispatched to a burglary that had just occurred at 400 Beverly Ave. in Morgantown.

The criminal complaint said the caller had just kicked a man out of his apartment and was able to provide officers with a description. Officers followed footprints in the area and arrested a man, John Michael Irvin, 41, of Morgantown, who matched the description provided by the victim.

The victim was able to identify Irvin as the man in his apartment. Irvin was arrested and charged with burglary. He is currently being held at the North Central Regional Jail on $10,000 bond.

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