Fairmont man charged with auto theft

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont man is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Christopher Jorgen Delaney, 37, has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On April 20, a Fairmont police officer was dispatched to a report of a domestic assault at a residence in the 100 block of East Fifth Street in Fairmont. The suspect was identified as Delaney.

Upon arrival, the officer spoke to a woman who indicated she and Delaney had gone to a casino April 19. She indicated Delaney had been consuming alcohol at the casino and they began to have a verbal altercation when she told him she wanted to take him to the police department.

She said they got back to Fairmont around 2:30 a.m. April 20 and she dropped Delaney off somewhere in town because she did not want him at her residence.

At about 6 a.m., she heard Delaney crawling through her window from the rooftop. She indicated Delaney then grabbed her phone and refused to give it back to her. She said he ripped her car keys out of her hand, causing two minor wounds to her hand and knuckle.

She said they continued to argue in the hall, where she ended up on the ground. It is her belief he pushed her to the ground. She indicated Delaney then grabbed her shirt and pulled her up.

The woman said Delaney attempted to push her down the stairs, but she was able to hang on to the railing. She said he then exited the building, got into her car and drove off. She said he did not have permission to drive the vehicle.

She also said Delaney kept her phone, which she valued at about $600. The value of the vehicle is estimated at $3,000.

The officer called the woman’s phone, which was answered by a female who said Delaney had shown up at her residence and dropped off the phone and vehicle before leaving on foot. She said Delaney had mentioned the fight with the first woman.

Officers have been unable to locate Delaney. A check of his criminal history shows a conviction for domestic assault in March.