BERKELEY SPRINGS — A male and a female have been arrested by authorities in a multicounty hard work just after the pair was alleged to have stolen a victim’s vehicle in Morgan County ahead of crashing it in Berkeley County, according to police and courtroom data.
Matthew Blake Bernstein, 47, and Catherine Lorraine Acors, 39, both have been billed in the theft with grand larceny and conspiracy.
On Friday, Cpl. Luke Shambaugh was dispatched to South Ridge Generate at the Finest Keep Inn for a grand larceny of an auto. There, he met with a gentlemen, who advised he was approached in Berkeley Springs by a male matter, later on acquired to be Bernstein, who questioned for a journey to Angus and Ale Cafe. The sufferer gave the trip.
Although taking in at the restaurant, the target mentioned Bernstein, now with a female, later on realized to be Acors, approached him and said that Bernstein still left keys in the victim’s Honda CRV and requested if they could seem for them.
“The target stated he made the slip-up of telling the two suspects that the sufferer left his motor vehicle keys below the seat of his Honda,” the release explained. “He realized soon after ending his meal his motor vehicle experienced been stolen.”
In accordance to law enforcement, the car was a 2004 Honda CRV, and there was also a handgun, belonging to the victim, in the auto.
Cpl. Shambaugh was acquainted with the two suspects, police said. Shambaugh and Deputy Burkholder had been to the Ideal Stay Inn the prior evening on a 911 cling-up connect with.
A purse had been remaining by the female at Angus and Ale, and upon investigation, determining details was in the purse belonging to Acors.
Information and facts was created that Bernstein and Acors may well have ties to an apartment advanced in southern Morgan County, and Sheriff Bohrer responded to that spot, where he spoke with Bernstein’s mom.
She is said to have advised police that Bernstein had stolen a automobile and was now in Berkeley County and had crashed the auto. Sheriff Bohrer said he contacted the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Section and encouraged them of this information and facts.
In accordance to court records in Berkeley County, at about 4:17 p.m., BCSD and MCSD deputies responded to a targeted visitors incident in the space of 10370 Back again Creek Valley Highway where by law enforcement positioned the stolen car, the firearm and Bernstein. Bernstein, nevertheless, allegedly tried out to go away the scene and get a trip on a university bus and from an additional passerby, who confirmed a male matching the suspect’s description was who questioned for the trip.
Bernstein allegedly denied at to start with any involvement with the wrecked and stolen automobile but sooner or later advised he was driving the car and that he took it from “the restaurant,” court docket records stated.
According to police, in the course of their conversation with him, Bernstein had very slurred speech and his breath smelled of liquor.
In Berkeley County, Bernstein was also arraigned on the felony fees of possession of stolen assets, DUI 3rd offense and person prohibited from possessing a firearm.
Bernstein is incarcerated in the Japanese Regional Jail on charges from this investigation and as a fugitive from justice from Clarke County, Virginia. Acors was arrested on Monday by law enforcement in Jefferson County, and she continues to be incarcerated in ERJ in lieu of a $25,000 bond for an unnamed misdemeanor charge.
Law enforcement said even further investigation is to comply with.