Suspected Car Thief Found Partially Nude at Gun Range

On Tuesday, March 22 just before 8:00 a.m. Trooper N.K. Sayre of the Sutton Detachment of the West Virginia State Police was notified of a breaking and entering incident at Mid-State Chevrolet on Day Drive near the Flatwoods Exit of I-79.
Upon his arrival, the officer spoke with Mike Smith Mid-State Service Manager. The representative told Trooper Sayre that someone had broke a garage door window, during the night, entered the service area and stole three keys belonging to a Kia, Ford and Chevrolet. Subsequently, the Chevrolet key was used to steal a 2021 Chevrolet Equinox from the lot. The vehicle was a customer’s and was experiencing transmission issues.
Smith provided the officer a description of the suspect based on surveillance photographs of the individual who broke into the service area. The video evidence revealed that the crime took place at approximately 3:00 a.m. The person appeared to be wearing a baseball cap and a yellow safety work jacket.
The officer’s investigation revealed that the intruder apparently used a rusty brake rotor to break the window allowing them to gain entry. Smith also advised the Trooper that the stolen vehicle was equipped with the “My Chevy” location devise. The feature allowed the service manager to determine that the vehicle was currently parked in the 2000 block of Airport Road.
Trooper Sayre drove to that location where he observed the vehicle parked at the gun range on Airport Road. While approaching the vehicle the officer observed an individual wearing a baseball cap in the driver’s seat. When asked to exit the vehicle the female occupant stated that she was not wearing pants. The officer also observed that she was sitting on a yellow safety style jacket. The woman who identified herself as Jessa Berra Red was placed in handcuffs in the Troopers patrol vehicle.
The Service Manager from Mid-State arrived on scene and verified that the vehicle was the one taken from the dealership. The Trooper also found the keys to the Kia and Ford.
While searching the vehicle, the female was able to unbuckle her seatbelt, move her handcuffed wrists to the front of her body, climb over the seat and exit police cruiser. She was quickly apprehended and returned to the cruiser.
The Trooper’s investigation revealed that the woman had given a false name and was actually Christina Marie Able, 43, of Vernon Road, Flatwoods. Able was charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny, both felonies. Able was arraigned before Braxton County Magistrate David Singleton. She is currently lodged in the Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash only bond, awaiting further court appearances.