UPDATE: Convicted Criminal Caught Again in Boone County

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 6/19/14 @ 10:45 a.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Boone County Sheriff's Deputies say a woman with a long criminal history is back behind bars.

Deputies arrested Sarah Halstead late Wednesday night in Whitesville following a search.

Deputies say Halstead was only out of jail a few hours before she was accused of stealing goods from a home in Whitesville. Deputies say the victim saw Halstead in her yard and then noticed several bags of goods were missing from her porch.

Halstead took off and was later found and arrested in Whitesville.

Halstead is now charged with petit larceny.

Earlier this week, Halstead was arrested and charged with burglary, but was out on bond when Wednesday's alleged crime took place.

Deputies say Halstead is accused of breaking into at least two homes and stealing items from inside them. One of the victims woke up and found Halstead at the foot of the bed.

Deputies say they found additional items that indicate there may be more victims.

Investigators say Halstead is no stranger to law enforcement. She is a convicted felon with a long criminal past.

Back in 2009, she was convicted of leaving her nine month baby in the car while robbing a 7-Eleven store in Dunbar. In the crime, Halstead was sentenced to 10 years, but that sentence was later changed to just one year of home confinement.

In 2012, she was also arrested on a malicious wounding charge after deputies say she stabbed her boyfriend at a trailer in Chelyan.

Halstead is now in jail on a $10,000 cash only bond.



UPDATE 6/18/14 @ 11:27 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Juanita Shelton's patio door now has a wooden beam across it, after a stranger paid an early morning visit.

"I just screamed out, 'who's this woman in the house, who's this woman in the house?'" Shelton said.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department said that woman was Sarah Halstead, who walked out of the home with electronics, a Coach purse, and $600.

Shelton wasn't her only victim.

"I started noticing things that had been moved around," said Nancy Rafferty.

Rafferty lives just next door and had her credit card and other belongings stolen.

"I do have grandchildren that come visit me, and that's what I'm afraid of," Rafferty said.

The sheriff's department was able to arrest Halstead and charge her with burglary, but it was only a matter of hours before she bonded out, leading to a manhunt.

"Makes me really angry that our justice system, that our courthouse is just patting them on the back and sending them on out," Shelton said.

Members of law enforcement say they share that frustration, especially because she has a long rap sheet.

They spent Wednesday combing through the woods after reports Halstead came back to pick up property she stashed under a bridge.

Now, everyone in the area is worried she might strike again.

Halstead is no stranger to law enforcement.

She is a convicted felon, with a long criminal past.

In 2009, she was convicted of leaving her nine month baby in the car while robbing a 7-Eleven store in Dunbar.

In the crime, Halstead was sentenced to 10 years, but that sentence was later changed to just one year of home confinement.

In 2012, she was also arrested on a malicious wounding charge, after deputies say she stabbed her boyfriend at a trailer in Chelyan, West Virginia.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/17/14 @ 8:21 p.m.
BOONE COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with breaking into two homes overnight, according to information from the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Sara Elizabeth Halstead, 29, of Foster, West Virginia, was charged with two counts of burglary.

One of the homeowners awoke to find a woman standing at the foot of the bed, deputies said. They said Halstead had entered at least two homes and removed items without the owners' permission.

It also appears that both victims were home during the crimes, as one woke up to confront the burglar.

Deputies said they found property indicating there may be additional victims.

If there are any other victims, they are asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff's Office and report the crimes.

Halstead was arraigned before a Boone County magistrate and released from custody on a $1,000 cash bond.

Deputies said Halstead has prior felony convictions.


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