Branchland man charged with larceny after taking, returning truck

April 8, 2019

BARBOURSVILLE — The following information was provided by police reports filed at the Barboursville Police Department:

GRAND LARCENY: Police were dispatched around 6:03 p.m. Wednesday to a residence in the 100 block of College Avenue for a stolen vehicle report.

According to the report, the male victim told police he was doing yard work at his residence when an unknown white male, who the victim described as disoriented and intoxicated, approached the residence. The suspect asked the victim for a ride to Lincoln County. The victim told the man it was too far and he was not going to give him a ride.

The victim then walked to his garage in the back of his residence, and when he returned to his driveway, the suspect was in his truck, a red Ford F-150, and fled the scene eastbound on Lee Street. The victim stated his keys were in the ignition because he was using his truck to transport his lawn equipment.

At around 9:06 p.m., the victim informed police the suspect had called his cellphone and stated he was on his way back to his residence to return the vehicle and “right his wrongs.”

At around 9:39 p.m., the suspect, identified as Joshua Adkins, 37, of Branchland, West Virginia, pulled the stolen vehicle into the victim’s driveway, followed by a second suspect, Susan Clay, 24, also of Branchland, driving a Chevrolet Cobalt.

Cabell County 911 confirmed both suspects had suspended driver’s licenses for unpaid citations.

Clay was cited and released, and the Cobalt was towed.

The report states Adkins told officers he did steal the truck earlier in the day, and “voices on the radio told him to do it.” Officers discovered less than 1 gram of suspected heroin and 8 milligrams of Suboxone film strips, for which Adkins did not have a prescription.

Adkins was charged with grand larceny, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and suspended/revoked license - miscellaneous.

POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DELIVER: Officers responded to a complaint of a dog locked inside a vehicle at the Huntington Mall around 5:07 p.m. March 30.

According to the report, police observed a dog in a gray Chevrolet Impala. When officers unlocked the door and retrieved the dog, they allegedly observed the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a handgun and approximately 10 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

The suspect, Zachary Matthew Porter-Griggs, arrived on scene and told police he was borrowing the car for the day from his girlfriend’s father to go shopping at the mall. Officers detained Porter-Griggs and seized a handgun, approximately 17 grams of marijuana, $605 in cash and a counterfeit $100 bill from his person.

Porter-Griggs was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of methamphetamine.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Officers responded to several complaints from residents stating they observed a man swinging a guitar, screaming and cursing toward the sky in a store’s parking lot on Central Avenue around 11:48 a.m. March 29.

Officers made contact with the accused sitting on a bench in front of a restaurant on Central Avenue. The report states the suspect mumbled “something incomprehensible” and began to walk away from officers. The man allegedly ignored commands from officers to stop walking away, and the suspect allegedly became resistant and combative when officers attempted to detain the suspect.

The suspect was restrained on the ground. EMS assessed a small laceration the suspect sustained over his right eye during the apprehension.

The suspect was charged with obstructing and disorderly conduct, then arraigned by magistrates and given an OR bond and released.