UPDATE | Woman arrested for Kanawha City burglaries sentenced

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 8/28/19 @ 12:05 p.m.
The woman who pleaded guilty to a string of burglaries in May of 2018 was sentenced in Kanawha County Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon.

Officers say on May 14-15, 2018, there were two burglaries and a thwarted attempt along Kanawha Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and MacCorkle Avenue in the Kanawha City area of Charleston.

Victoria Critchfield was sentenced to one to fifteen years for two charges. They will run consecutively, so Critchfield will be behind bars for 2-30 years.

She was also sentenced to two years for an escape charge, but it is a concurrent sentencing, and will not add to Critchfield's time.

UPDATE 6/10/19 @ 9:05 p.m.
A woman accused in a string of burglaries in May 2018 in the Kanawha City area of Charleston admitted to the crimes Monday.

That is according to Kanawha County Assistant Prosecutor Maryclaire Atkins Akers who says Victoria Critchfield pleaded guilty to two nighttime burglaries and one charge of escape.

Critchfield faces anywhere from two to 35 years behind bars.

Investigators say she broke into several homes, one where a woman was sleeping, and stole things like jewelry, cell phones, checks, and in one case she even stole an SUV.

UPDATE 5/21/18 @ 8:30 p.m.
A woman arrested in connection with multiple burglaries that happened in the Kanawha City area faces additional charges, Charleston Police say.

Victoria Critchfield, who originally was charged with uttering, also is charged with two counts of burglary and one count of grand larceny. She is expected to be video arraigned Tuesday morning on the most recent charges.

Between 11 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. May 14-15 two burglaries and another attempted burglary took place in the 6600 block of Kanawha Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and MacCorkle Avenue in Kanawha City.

In two of the cases, a suspect broke through a back door and stole items from the homes, including a woman's SUV -- a white 2004 Kia Sorento.

Anyone with information about the cases is asked to call 304-348-8111.

UPDATE 5/16/18 @ 5:39 p.m.
A neighborhood crime alert: it's happening in Kanawha City where Charleston Police believe a series of break-ins are connected.

Investigators say two break-ins and a third attempt all happened Monday night into Tuesday morning at homes within just a few blocks of each other.

About 11 Monday night, police said the back door of a home on Kanawha Avenue was forced open and a phone and other items were stolen. About 30 minutes later, another neighbor on Roosevelt Avenue told police a woman knocked on her door and asked to borrow a phone charged. But the neighbor turned the woman away.

A couple hours later, a home on MacCorkle Avenue was ransacked, all while a 95-year-old woman who lives there was asleep inside. That woman woke up to find her home a mess, and her car and jewelry were stolen.

Eugene Estep said he and his wife keep a close eye on their neighbor, and rushed over to help once they realized what had happened.

“When she calls at 2:30 in the morning it's something scary. You know something's up,” Estep said.

Jennifer Wright lives right near the victim.

“It is concerning because we really haven't had anything for a while,” she said.

She said her home was broken into several years ago, so she and her family decided to take action.

“And after that we decided to invest in some home security with the cameras and the security systems,” Wright explained.

But other neighbors said they’re surprised to see this type of crime so close to home.

“It almost seems like they're targeting the elderly people around here or something like that,” said Jarred Simpkins.

On Tuesday, Charleston Police arrested and charged Victoria Critchfield with uttering and forgery after investigators say she tried to have another person cash a check belonging to one of the burglary victims. At last check, she is not facing additional charges in connection with the string of break-ins.

UPDATE 5/15/18 @ 3:30 p.m.
A woman has been arrested in connection with several burglaries that happened in Kanawha City, Charleston Police say.

Police say Victoria Critchfield is in custody.

She is charged with forgery and uttering after police say Critchfield asked a man to cash a check for her. The check belonged to a person who had their home burglarized Monday into Tuesday morning.

Officers believe all of the incidents are related due to their proximity and timing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111.

Charleston Police investigating two burglaries that happened overnight, one of them where the homeowner was asleep in the home.

Officers say between 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., from Monday into Tuesday, there were two burglaries and a thwarted attempt along Kanawha Avenue, Roosevelt Avenue and MacCorkle Avenue in the Kanawha City area.

In the first burglary at 11 p.m., police say the suspect forced in the back door to the home on Kanawha Avenue and stole personal belongings and a cell phone.

Then about 11:30 p.m., police say a woman on Roosevelt Avenue reported she heard a knock at her back door. When she answered it, she told police a woman told her she had a fight with her boyfriend and asked for a phone charger to borrow. The woman turned the person away.

The woman who knocked on the door is described as 5'2'' tall, medium build, with blond hair.

Charleston Police say the second burglary happened between 1:15 and 1:30 a.m. on MacCorkle Avenue while an elderly victim was asleep in the home.

Police say the suspect again entered in the back door.

The woman awoke to find her house ransacked. Her jewelry, phone and car were missing. The vehicle is a 2004 white Kia Sorento with West Virginia plates 4GG845.

Officers believe all three incidents are related due to their proximity and timing.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111.

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