FAIRMONT — A second teenager has been charged for his role in robbing the father of a Fairmont commissioner, according to Fairmont police.
Phillip Leondra Leggett, 19, was arrested Sunday for conspiring with 18-year-old Preondai Alford to steal a gun from Frank McCree, the owner of McCree’s Grocery, according to Chief Danny Parker, head of Fairmont’s Department of Public Safety.
Leggett is charged with common law robbery, felony conspiracy and resisting an officer.
Alford turned himself in to police on Feb. 5, three days after he walked into the Martin Luther King Drive store and “got into a confrontation with McCree,” Parker said.
McCree, 82, pulled out a .22-caliber revolver and Alford began “wrestling with him over the weapon,” Parker said.
“He basically overpowered Mr. McCree and took the weapon from him,” Parker said.
Alford left the store on foot with the gun and a small amount of cash.
“We believe that his intent was not to rob the store, his intent was to rob Mr. McCree and take the weapon,” Parker said.
Fairmont police received several tips that Leggett had been involved, as did McCree’s relatives.
“A family member of Frank McCree also heard some tips and rumors that we were getting and he approached him and took the gun from him and notified law enforcement,” Parker said.
It’s unclear where the weapon was recovered.
Leggett, who lives on Tobacco Road in Orrum, was jailed under a $10,000 secured bond.
McCree is the father of Fairmont Commissioner J.J. McCree.