Two charged in ‘smash and grabs’

Christopher Hess

Two Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents have been charged in recent “smash and grabs” thefts that  occurred in Winchester last month.

Christopher Michael Hess and Felicia Ann Somers, both 23, were arrested Monday in Mineral County, West Virginia, on outstanding warrants from Winchester. They are being held at Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in Augusta, West Virginia, without bond on multiple felony charges related to larceny, according to Lauren Cummings, Winchester police community relations and crime prevention specialist.

Hess was charged with 10 felony counts of credit card larceny, eight counts of destruction of property, four counts of petty larceny, and three counts of grand larceny.

Somers was charged with one felony count of credit card larceny, two counts of vandalism, and two counts of grand larceny.

Cummings said police are still investigating and determining how much was stolen when thieves smashed car windows and grabbed purses from vehicles. She said police believe Hess and Somers worked together.

Felicia Somers

“Basically, she was involved in some of the instances,” Cummings said.

The crimes occurred between Nov. 3 and Nov. 22, and Cummings said that all of the incidents took place in parking lots behind restaurants, with five occurring at the 100 block of Tevis Street in Winchester.

Police are crediting the public’s help in locating the suspects. Cummings said on Dec. 1 police posted on its Facebook page a surveillance video of a car that was located at the scene of a crime.

Local residents identified the suspects within minutes of the video being posted, Cummings said.

The vehicle,  Cummings said, was described as an “old model, dark green four-door sedan” and that it appeared to be a Chevrolet.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com