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Waugh Busted: Grand Larceny

Allegedly Recycled Someone Else's Car

By Mark Hallburn
Publisher, PutnamLIVE.com

Recycling is a great thing. It altMelinda Jo Waughre-uses materials and saves them from being tossed into a landfill where they take up space.

However, recycling someone else's car? Law enforcement frowns on that.

A Putnam County woman took a trip to jail, Thursday, after arrest on a felony theft charge, jail records state.

Melinda Jo Waugh, 42, of Poca, was arrested June 20th, 2013, by Deputy P.A. Allen of the Putnam County Sheriff's Department.

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According to court records, Waugh is charged with Grand Larceny after she allegedly recycled a gold, 1994 Ford Tempo at RJ's Recycling, in Nitro.

We aren't making this up.

The car was reportedly worth $2,000 - before it was crushed.

RJ's tells PutnamLIVE.com that they cooperate with law enforcement and require identification for all their recycling buys, from aluminum cans to cars. However, just because someone provides an ID does not stop theives from bringing in stolen material.

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After her arrest, Waugh was transported to the Western Regional Jail and Correctional Facility, in Barboursville. Officials booked and photographed her at 4:40 a.m., according to the jail's web site.

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During a hearing, Waugh's bond was set at $10,000, by Putnam County Magistrate Linda J. Hunt, jail records state.

Waugh's Putnam County Magistrate Court case number is: 13F, 351.

Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest. 

Mug shots are provided courtesy of the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.

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