Burglar caught in the act

Parkersburg Police arrested a man who was caught in the act of trying to burglarize a Fairview Avenue home Sunday.

Craig Ryan Clark, 28, 32 Forrest Ave., Parkersburg, was arrested Sunday on a burglary charge. He was placed in Wood County Holding Center to await his arraignment.

At around 11:22 a.m. Sunday, Parkersburg Police received a burglary in progress call, Chief Joseph Martin said in a press release.

Officers located Clark in the fenced, back yard of the residence.

“The subject observed the officer and fled the immediate area on foot,” Martin said. “The uniform officers pursued the suspect into Kroger’s Store, Seventh Street.

“While inside the store the suspect removed his jacket in an attempt to further his escape from police. The suspect was able to elude officers for a brief time, until he was stopped in the area of the City Park by another officer,” Martin said.

Officers located Clark’s jacket and spoke with Kroger’s employees who also located potential evidence that was hidden inside the store.

Recovered stolen property was returned to the proper owners.

Clark was placed under arrest and taken to the Parkersburg Police Department where he was interviewed.

“The result of the investigation revealed that Clark went to a specific residence on Fairview Avenue and knocked on the door and entered when there was no answer,” Martin said. “While inside the residence, Clark removed an amount of jewelry and fled the residence once (Parkersburg Police Department) uniformed officers arrived at the scene.

“The recovered stolen property was returned to the proper owners.”

If convicted of burglary, Clark could face one to 15 years in prison.

“The department will be following up with information gleaned from this arrest in the coming days to close the current burglary investigations in this area of the city,” Martin said.