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Charleston police investigating burglary incidents in Kanawha City

Charleston police are investigating two burglaries and a thwarted attempt overnight in Kanawha City. (MGN Online)

The Charleston Police Department is investigating a series of burglaries overnight in Kanawha City, including one incident in which an elderly woman awoke and discovered her house was ransacked.

Between 11 p.m. Monday and 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, two burglaries and an attempted burglary occurred in the 6600 block of Kanawha Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

The first burglary was about 11 p.m. Monday in the 6600 block of Kanawha Avenue. The suspect gained entry by forcing in the back door to the residence, the release said. The victim’s Android cell phone and other personal belongings were stolen.

About 11:30 p.m., a resident in the 6600 block of Roosevelt Avenue reported she heard a knock at the back door of her home. When the resident answered her door, she encountered a white female who said she and her boyfriend had a fight. The woman asked the resident if she had an Android charger she could borrow. The resident turned the female away and was not burglarized, the release said.

The suspect is described as a white female who is about 5 feet, 2 inches tall. The suspect has a medium build and has blond hair. She was wearing shorts and a crop top.

A second burglary took place between about 1:15 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. in the 6600 block of MacCorkle Avenue while an elderly victim was sleeping. Similar to the first robbery, the suspect entered through the back door of the house. The victim found her home was ransacked when she awoke. Jewelry, a phone and a 2004 white Kia Sorento bearing the West Virginia registration 4GG845 was stolen from the victim.

Charleston police said due to the timeframe, proximity of the incidents and other factors, they believe the incidents are related.

Tuesday afternoon, authorities arrested Victoria Critchfield after police said she was found in possession of the woman’s checks at the BB&T Bank in Kanawha City. She has been charged with uttering after police said she forged a signature, signed it over to another person, and accompanied him to the drive-thru.

Anyone with information about the incidents or anyone with surveillance video is encouraged to contact police at 304-348-8111.

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