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Charges filed after alleged truck theft

By COURTNEY HESSLER The Herald-DispatchMay 26, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A Huntington man was jailed on active warrants Thursday alleging he had stolen a vehicle with a sleeping child inside before abandoning it shortly after.

Jeremy James Ellis, 23, was jailed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Authorities in Cabell County charged him with gross child neglect, receiving/transferring stolen property and misdemeanors for fleeing, shoplifting, obstructing, trespassing and suspended/revoked license - miscellaneous. Bond was set at $51,300.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Cabell County Magistrate Court, Cabell County sheriff’s deputies found Ellis seated in the driver seat of a red Chevrolet truck April 19 at a store in the 2600 block of 5th Avenue in Huntington and attempted to make contact with him. Officers had attempted to speak with Ellis because he had been banned from the store’s property after allegedly being caught shoplifting in August 2018.

Ellis would not roll down the window or unlock his door, police alleged.

The defendant started to flee the parking lot, where multiple patrons were present, in a “reckless manner” to evade police, the complaint said. Officers lost sight of the vehicle, but it was later found parked, with the engine running, in the 2600 block of 4th Avenue.

Inside the vehicle was a 4-year-old girl who was sleeping under Ellis’ supervision while her grandmother shopped.

The woman said the suspect rode with her to the business and while she was out of the vehicle, he took it without her permission.

Ellis was also charged with misdemeanor shoplifting for an incident that occurred in November 2017 in which he was accused of stealing $46.97 worth of items from the same business, but at a different location.

He is housed at Western Regional Jail in Barboursville.

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