MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Martinsburg man faces charges of stealing more than $200,000 worth of property from the West Virginia Department of Highways.

William Smallwood, 55, was arrested Friday and charged with obtaining goods by false pretenses.


William Smallwood

Troopers discovered a large amount of tools and other items at Smallwood’s home and stored in the garage of a friend. Some of the items had shipping labels addressed to the DOH garage in Martinsburg and included “Care of Bill Smallwood” on the label.

State police begin their investigation July 5 after an anonymous caller told troopers about the stolen property.

On Thursday troopers visited the home of a woman who had posted an Internet picture of a dirt bike she was selling. A large amount of the stolen property in question was in the background of the picture. The woman told troopers Smallwood had asked to store the items there, but she was unaware they were stolen. They found more of the items at Smallwood’s home when they confronted him later.

Smallwood was released on $20,000 bond.

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  • Private Contractor

    I wonder if taxpayers would be better served if the DOH would be under private contractors?

  • goldolphin

    What happened to his immediate supervisor who is supposed to be approving and signing off on any purchases not to mention the district comptroller who is supposed to be auditing and signing off on paperwork. Looks like others were not doing their jobs if they let an employee steal over $200,000.00, and an outsider brought it to the attention of the authorities.

  • Mark

    From what I hear the DOH pays thats the only way they can survive.

  • Shawn

    Who are we kidding? We all know that no one at the DOH was going to use these tools anyway.

    • Vinnie

      Just when they were going to order their new uniforms with the pockets sown on upside that they could lean on a shovel without using their hands..

  • DWL

    DOH jobs are usually political cronyism positions. From the bottom to the Mattox at the top, liberal logic prevails in WV.

    • WVU86

      Yep, definitely "liberal logic" at work here with the particular situation. Fortunately, "conservatives" would never steal anything.

  • Larry

    Beware the moustache!

  • Tim C

    Now we know why the state spends so much money. They have to buy stuff several times over due to people like this man.

  • Habib Haddad

    The eyes tell the whole story on this perp. Oxycodone or Crack?

  • Joe

    What an absolute waste of blood.