UPDATE (1/8/20 1:20 p.m.):
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – New details are available in the arrest of Steven Dean in multiple car theft incidents.
In the first incident on December 27, Bridgeport Police said a woman reported that she left work at JCPenney to pick up her 16-year-old daughter and take her to the Meadowbrook Mall for her own work shift. The woman returned to work and left her daughter in the vehicle as she waited for her shift to begin.
A short time later, the girl ran into the mall and said the vehicle had been stolen, according to a criminal complaint. While the girl sat alone in the vehicle before her shift started, she saw a man, now identified as Steven Dean, walk past the vehicle and out of sight. A short time later, the driver’s door opened, and Dean got inside and told the girl to “get the f— out,” according to police.
Clarksburg Police located the vehicle at the Laurel Lanes apartment complex, according to a criminal complaint.
On January 3, the mother of the girl in the Meadowbrook Mall incident called Bridgeport Police after learning that Dean had been arrested in a separate car theft. Her daughter stated that Dean was the man responsible for stealing their vehicle, as well, according to a criminal complaint.
In that separate incident, which happened at about 4:12 a.m. on December 30, Clarksburg Police responded to Circle K on West Pike Street for a vehicle theft. A woman told the officer that she parked at the front of the gas station and went inside to make a purchase. The woman stated that she left the vehicle running and unlocked. The store clerk alerted the woman that her vehicle was being driven out of the parking lot.
Later that day, while conducting follow-up investigations, the officer obtained surveillance footage of the incident.
On December 31, an officer responded to Dollar Tree on East Main Street in Bridgeport for the recovery of the vehicle stolen from Circle K. According to a criminal complaint, Bridgeport Police officers on scene searched Dollar Tree and found Dean in possession of the keys to the stolen vehicle.
Missing items from the vehicle were estimated to be worth more than $7,000, according to Clarksburg Police.
Dean is also charged in a shoplifting incident at Walmart on December 30.
A suspect is in custody in an incident where he allegedly stole a vehicle from a 16-year-old girl while she was parked at the Meadowbrook Mall in Bridgeport.
Police arrested Steven Dean, 25, of Clarksburg, on charges of grand larceny, receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle and shoplifting.
According to Bridgeport Police Sgt. C.B. Sayers, the incident occurred in the JCPenney parking lot during the daytime hours of December 27 when a worker of the store was parked in the store’s parking lot.
Dean forced the girl out of the car, a black Kia Forte, and allegedly stole the vehicle from her, according to Sayers.
The girl returned to the store and called Bridgeport Police to inform them of the theft, and later that day, Sayers said, Clarksburg Police retrieved the vehicle, which had been abandoned in city limits.
Inside the vehicle, officers found evidence of the subject visiting a business, and officers obtained footage from the business which showed the subject inside — providing officers with a picture of the individual, according to Sayers.
Then, on New Year’s Eve, officers received a report of a separate, unrelated stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a Dollar Tree, Sayers said, and officers responded to the scene and arrested an individual without incident for possession of the stolen vehicle.
Later on, officers were able to connect the suspect in connection to the theft of the vehicle at the Meadowbrook Mall on December 27, according to Sayers.
Dean is being held in North Central Regional Jail.