OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. -- A Barnesville man who allegedly tried to shoplift more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Cabela's store at The Highlands by concealing the items inside a turkey fryer has been convicted of entering without breaking and sentenced to one to 10 years in prison.
The prison sentence for Doyle G. Crooks, 54, was then suspended and he was placed on two years of probation.
Crooks was convicted of the felony offense after entering a guilty plea Friday in an Ohio County court. An entering without breaking charge refers to entering a commercial property with the intent of committing a felony or larceny.
A second felony charge against Crooks was dismissed.
Crooks was ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution as investigators determined he had committed the same crime on at least four prior occasions before getting caught in November 2016.
On Wednesday, Crooks was terminated from his employment with Belmont County 911 where he served as deputy director.
The merchandise Cooks allegedly tried to shoplift reportedly included hunting gear, clothing and other items. The total value was $1,038.
Police said Crooks brought packaging tape with him to the store and opened the turkey fryer package to conceal the merchandise he wanted to steal inside before resealing the box with the tape. He then paid for only the turkey fryer.
Crooks would then return the turkey fryer for a credit on his credit card.
Crooks was placed on administrative leave in November after being arrested. He had worked for the county since 1997.