KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- UPDATE 10/24/19 @ 7:25 p.m.
Kanawha County officials are warning people about home safety following a Charleston burglary of an elderly person on Wednesday. The suspect pretended to be a maintenance worker at their building.
The suspect in burglary attempts in Charleston has been identified, according to Charleston Police.
"Answer your door but keep it secure," Kanawha Homeland Security and Emergency Management deputy director Mike Oakley said. "Ask them who they are and why they are there, if they're supposed to be there, if they're a worker if you live in an apartment complex."
"Chances are they are going to have a key to get in your apartment if they are in there to do maintenance," Oakley said.
Oakley recommended asking for an ID card or calling your property manager to ask if a maintenance person should be coming to your home.
"If they give you a good story, you want to fall for it because you want to believe in the best of everybody," Oakley said. "But the fact of the matter is, most of those folks now don't have the best of intentions. You really have to be extremely careful with yourself and your security."
Oakley said things are going to get worse as the holidays approach because there are more valuable packages and presents accessible to thieves.
UPDATE 10/24/19 @ 11:30 a.m.
The suspect in Wednesday's burglary attempts in Charleston has been identified, according to Charleston Police.
The suspect is Ronald Lee Adkins, 50, of South Point, Ohio. He has been charged with one count of burglary following the incident at Agsten Manor Wednesday morning.
There is an active warrant for his arrest.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-8111.
ORIGINAL STORY 10/23/19
A man is wanted after several robbery attempts in Charleston Wednesday morning, police say.
According to Lt. Autumn Davis of the Charleston Police Department, a male suspect entered Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral but it is unsure if anything was stolen.
He later entered an apartment on Morris Street and talked to a terminally ill elderly resident, claiming to be the maintenance man for the complex. He said that she needed to check her bathroom sink. When she did not, he left.
According to police, the suspect went to Agsten Manor where he entered an unlocked apartment, waking an elderly man and claiming to be the complex's maintenance man. He convinced the resident to undress and take a shower, and when the resident did, the suspect stole money from his wallet and left.
The suspect was seen leaving Agsten Manor in a navy blue Kia Optima with the Ohio license plate HKQ3760. Anyone with information is asked to call the Charleston Police Department at 304-348-6480.