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UPDATE: Boone County Teacher Accused in School & Home Thefts

By: Rahel Solomon; Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Rahel Solomon; Jeremy Edwards Email

UPDATE 10/25/13 @ 3:10 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Investigators are still trying to track down a Boone County teacher accused in thefts in Kanawha and Boone County.

Billy Ramsey and his ex-wife Tonya Ramsey are accused of attending open houses in Kanawha County, pretending to be prospective buyers, and stealing valuable items from the homes.

Tonya Ramsey is in custody, but Billy Ramsey is still on the run. A warrant was issued for his arrest this week.

Billy Ramsey teaches automotive technology at the Boone County Career and Technical Center.

The Boone County Sheriff's Office says Ramsey is also accused of stealing iPads and a laptop from the school and selling them at a Kanawha County pawn shop.

Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman told WSAZ.com that Ramsey is still an employee of the school district, but was not at work at Friday.

Huffman says he cannot release any more information because it is a personnel issue.

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UPDATE 10/24/13 @ 7 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A face wanted by police is all too familiar to children in Boone County.

Billy Ramsey teaches at Boone Career and Technical Center. He's accused of stealing from the school district.

Sheriff's Deputies say he took two iPads and a laptop that were later recovered at a pawn shop in Kanawha City.

"It doesn't matter what profession you're in, there's a bad apple or two," Chief Deputy Chad Barker said. "But it's kind of discouraging."

Police say Ramsey used the Kanawha City area as a stage for even more crime. He's also accused of stealing guns and jewelry from homes up for sale there.

Officers say he and his ex-wife, Tonya Ramsey, pretended to be prospective buyers at open houses.

Assistant Superintendent Jeff Huffman wouldn't comment on Ramsey's current employment status, saying it was a personnel issue.

But he says they are in talks with lawyers now about his future with the school district.

"Rest assured, as a school system we'll do everything we can to provide for the safety of our students," Huffman said.

Some community members say he shouldn't be allowed back into the system.

"You shouldn't hear anything bad going on in the school," said Jack Dempsey, who lives in Madison. "I mean, it teaches our kids."

Ramsey teaches automotive technology. School district officials say he's been employed there since 2006.

Tonya Ramsey has been arrested. Billy Ramsey is still on the run.

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UPDATE 10/24/13 @ 10 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- WSAZ.com has learned theft suspect, Billy Ramsey is a teacher at the Boone County Career and Technical Center.

Charleston Police say Billy and his ex-wife Tonya Ramsey have been attending open houses this month in Kanawha City, pretending to be interested in buying a home. Once inside, though, they steal valuables.

Officers say jewelry and a gun were stolen from a home in the 5600 block of Kanawha Avenue and a laptop was stolen from a home along Staunton Avenue

School officials say Billy is an automotive technology teacher at the technical center.

WSAZ.com has also learned a warrant for grand larceny has also been filed against Billy in Boone County.

Deputies say Billy stole two iPads and a laptop from the Boone County Career and Technical Centers a couple of weeks ago.

Deputies were out searching for him Thursday morning, but were unable to located.

If you know where Billy is you are asked to call the Boone County Sheriff's Department or Charleston Police.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



ORIGINAL STORY 10/24/13 @ 11 p.m.
KANAWHA CITY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A string of brazen burglaries has neighbors in Kanawha City on guard.

Charleston Police tell WSAZ.com Tonya Ramsey and her ex-husband Billy have been attending open houses in October, pretending to be interested in buying a home. Once inside, though, they steal valuables, police say.

Officers say jewelry and a gun were stolen from a home in the 5600 block of Kanawha Avenue and a laptop was stolen from a home along Staunton Avenue.

For Kanawha City resident Paula Reilley, crime in her neighborhood isn't all that surprising. Her backyard has been vandalized three times in just four years.

“You are more cautious, you lock things up more, you make sure you lock your doors because someone can break in at any time,” Reilley said.

But what does surprise Reilley is the recent string of burglaries because they’ve all been in her neighborhood and even on her street. Reilley is also selling her Staunton Avenue home.

“If I had an open house, I or the realtor would actually have to escort them through the house, which is sad but that what you have to do,” Reilley said.

Officials with the Charleston Police Department say while the crimes are not widespread, they are warning those who may be selling their home to be cautious.

“It is a good idea to conceal valuables, put them in a safe or drawer that would conceal them, most of these items have been in their natural place like on a dresser,” Lt. Steve Cooper said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, Tonya Ramsey did return some of the stolen jewelry and the laptop. Police also recovered other jewelry at local pawn shops.

Tonya Ramsey has been arrested and charged with two counts of grand larceny. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Billy Ramsey.


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