Meigs sheriff investigates store break-in

By Lindsay Kriz -

MEIGS COUNTY —The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a break-in at Reed’s Country Store in Reedsville.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood said the break-in occurred between 6:55-7 a.m. Jan. 9, when a white male dressed in black pants, a dark hoodie and white tennis shoes threw a hammer through one of the windows of the shop. He then entered the premises and took unnamed items from the store before fleeing in what Wood described as an older model dark-colored four-door car with no license plate on the front of the vehicle.

Wood said that surrounding counties have also reported similar break-ins, and that surveillance footage is currently being studied. Anyone with information should call 740-992-3371, Wood said.

In an unrelated case, the sheriff’s office also reported that a man was arrested Jan. 8 after the discovery of a Pomeroy meth lab.

Terry Lee Bell, 28, of 49140 State Route 124, Racine, was arrested at 109 Pleasant Ridge Road after Deputy Mark Griffin and the Adult Parole Office made a visit to the home, as Bell was already on probation. Once they arrived, deputies discovered Bell in the basement allegedly attempting to destroy the evidence of at least one meth lab, which included six suspected one-pots and 11 generators. Bell allegedly tried to flee the scene but was caught.

He has been charged with one county of tampering with evidence, which is a felony in the third degree, and escape, which is a felony in the fifth degree. He was set to appear in county court Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 4 p.m. and common pleas court on Thursday, Jan. 14.

Also at the scene of the crime Friday were Pomeroy officials, including EMS and police and lab technicians from the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation is still ongoing, Wood said.

By Lindsay Kriz