WALNUT TWP. — The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the alleged theft of farm equipment from a home located in Walnut Township near the Lawrence County line.
Reportedly, deputies were dispatched at approximately 3:45 p.m. to the intersection of Flagsprings and Cadmus Road in reference to a possible shooting and break-in.
Upon arrival at the scene of the incident on Rosa Road, deputies discovered that three of the suspects in this case were being held at gunpoint by the victims of the alleged theft and several other individuals.
The suspects were secured by deputies, and, upon investigation, it was discovered that a fourth suspect had fled the scene in a green Ford Explorer towing a trailer.
The fourth suspect had reportedly entered the vehicle when the victims arrived on scene.
Another individual had reportedly arrived and attempted to block the suspect vehicle, but the suspect left the scene.
The individual reportedly followed the Ford Explorer to nearby Miller Road where the suspect had exited the vehicle and fled on foot into a wooded area.
The fourth suspect was later apprehended by deputies.
Reportedly, a farm disc had been taken from the residence, loaded onto the trailer and the suspects were allegedly going to have the piece of equipment scrapped.
Additionally, the suspect vehicle had a busted tire and headlight — both damaged from possible gun fire.
The vehicle was towed from the scene.
The two male and two female suspects were transported to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office.
Upon investigation, the female suspects were released.
The male suspects are being held in the Gallia County Jail.
The case has been referred to the city solicitor for charges.