According to court documents, Chad Earl Shaffer, 28, of Cross Lanes is charged with the theft of the bike and the breaking and entering of a vehicle that police said occured just minutes before the bike theft.
Shaffer’s bond was set at $2,000 cash or $2,000 surety or property.
The Clark family lives along 23rd Street in Nitro. John Clark said when they woke up Monday morning, they realized his 11-year-old daughter, Hayleigh’s, bike was gone.
Clark asked 13 News to share the video associated with the theft, and the video that was shot hours later.
The theft of the bike happened around 5:15 Monday morning. The video shows a man who Clark said is responsible for the crime coming onto the family’s porch and taking off with the bike.
Stealing bikes, stealing children’s bikes in particular, is something we hear about all too often. What we don’t typically hear of is the recovery of those bikes.
Clark said he was on his way into work, just hours after the theft, when he saw that same suspect, in the same clothes, walking over the bridge with his daughter’s bike.
Speaking into his cell phone while recording another video, Clark can be be heard saying, “He’s on the St. Albans bridge walking down the road. Just got the bike back.”
And then, there’s the video from Clark’s dash cam. He appears to slam on his breaks on the bridge, surrounded by traffic.
Clark exits his vehicle. We’re blurring the face of the suspect, because no charges have been filed in the case. The suspect, he drops the bike.
The suspect can be heard denying the bike is stolen. “You’re on f****** camera, dumb***,” Clark said in response.
Just like that, this Kanawha County father takes back the bike he said was stolen from his little girl while the family slept.
A report has been filed with the Nitro Police Department. We’ll keep you updated as to whether charges are filed in the case.