MEIGS COUNTY — The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office has been dealing with myriad burglaries during the past two months.
The most recent reporting was Sept. 22 when the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call about a burglary in progress on Townsend Road in Scipio Township.
Deputies responded to the Stanley residence after a neighbor observed a suspicious vehicle in the area driving by their home several times. Shortly afterward, the same car was seen on the side of the road with the trunk open. When the neighbor asked the man beside the vehicle what he was doing, he said he was checking on his tires.
As the neighbor began to take photos of the vehicle before the man left the scene, they heard someone yell from the woods. At that time, Dorothy Morgan, 29, of Albany, allegedly came out of the woods. She said that she had been to Ed Stanley’s residence to retrieve a title. At that time, the man in the car, Ricky Gibbs, 45, of Middleport, came back, picked up Morgan and left. The neighbor went to Ed Stanley’s residence and made contact with Stanley about what was happening. It was at this time that Stanley discovered that he had two firearms missing from his residence. Officers have since returned the firearms to Stanley.
Meigs County Deputy Jeff Perry was able to locate and interview Morgan a few days later. He also allegedly received a confession from Morgan relevant to the burglary of Stanley’s residence. This case will be submitted to the Meigs County Prosecutor’s Office for Grand Jury consideration.
Several burglaries have also been recently reported around Tuppers Plains, Racine and Chester, Sheriff Keith Wood said.
The next most recent buglary took place Sept. 24 when the sheriff’s office received a call from Connie Little on Pleasant View road in Racine. Little told officers that her house had been broken into sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and said that the garage walk-through door was open and the door leading into the house was open. When officers arrived, they found that the door to the living area from the garage had been pried open to gain entry into the home.
Stolen items included firearms, a flat-screen television, coins, jewelry, tools and a caddy bag. Deputies learned from Little that a neighbor was able to get a video of the suspect’s vehicle, which is a silver Pontiac Grand Prix four-door. A blonde female and a dark-haired male were spotted in the vehicle, which did not have a front license plate and appears to have a sunroof. This video was taken to the Attorney General’s Organized Crime Investigative Unit in an attempt to get a license plate number off the vehicle.
A day before, on Sept. 23, deputies received a burglary call from Michelle Varney on State Route 681 in Reedsville. Varney said that Jason Carleton was mowing at Varney’s residence when he noticed her front door open and a back window open with the screen on the ground. Deputies arrived and discovered that several items were missing, including firearms, jewelry, lap top computer and coins, along with a pillow case that was possibly used to carry the items out. Deputies talked with neighbors, who saw a silver Pontiac with a blonde female driver in the area several times. Many items were dusted for possible prints.
Three days prior, on Sept. 20, Gordon Hellwig, on State Route 7 in Reedsville, told deputies that his home had been broken into that morning while and he and others were at church. Suspects broke in through a rear window and stole several items, including a firearm with holster, coins, knives, jewelry, personal papers and a pillow case. Deputies attempted to dust for fingerprints but weren’t able to get any useful prints. Deputies made contact with neighbors, but no one said anything was out of the ordinary at the time.
Shirley Hawk on Kaylor Road in Reedsville called deputies Sept. 18 and said that her home had been broken into sometime that morning. Items stolen were a television, firearms, coins, jewelry and a camera. Deputy’s report that this burglary was similar to others in the area as a pillow case was missing from the house, too. Items stolen included a television, firearms, coins, jewelry and a camera. Deputies said that this burglary was similar to others in the area, as a pillow case was missing from the house, too.
Nine days earlier, on Sept. 9, deputies responded to a call from Ken Ritchie, of Locust Grove Road in Long Bottom, about another burglary. After returning to his home from being out for a few hours, Ritchie found that someone had entered his home. He also discovered on one of the bedroom floors in the house was a pillow without a pillow case. Also lying on the floor were jewelry boxes, a bow case and bow. Ritchie waited for deputies to arrive and the K9 was called to possibly pick up a track. Deputies believed that Ritchie may have come home while the burglars were still in his home and that they fled, leaving those items on the floor. After later inspection of his home, Ritchie also discovered that some cash was missing.
Deputies learned that a neighbor in the area had seen a silver Pontiac Grand Am or Pontiac Grand Prix pulling out of Ritchie’s driveway with a female with blonde hair. The witness said that the female drove away toward State Route 7, acting suspiciously.
On Sept. 1, 2015, Kathleen Miller of State Route 7 in Reedsville had her home broken into during the day. According to the sheriff’s office, the suspects had broken a window open and entered Miller’s home. Items stolen included firearms, a crossbow and jewelry. An arrow was also found along the wood line.
Lastly, the first of these burglary cases released by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office was reported on Aug. 25. The report came from Joan Powers, of State Route 248 in Long Bottom. Powers said that while her family was away from their home, someone entered through a rear window and stole firearms, coins, jewelry, camping chairs, extension cords, carpenter levels and a trail camera.
Wood asks anyone who has any information concerning these burglaries to contact his office at 740-992-3371.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2551.