Two arrested in ‘Burg crime spree


By Nikki Blankenship - nblankenship@aimmediamidwest.com



Two individuals have been arrested in a multi-state crime spree. Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini stated in a release on Monday that his office had arrested two subjects in connection with a crime spree in Wheelerburg last week. In custody are suspects Zachary Deming, 24, from Detroit, Mich. and Courtney Skyles, 21, from Beauty, Ky.

As a result of the continued investigation, detectives have been able to make contact with multiple states to include Pikeville, Kentucky, Paintsville, Kentucky, Ceredo Kenova, West Virginia, and Michigan.

Captain John Murphy stated that the detectives have recovered stolen property that was linked to several other states and that they have reached out to those agencies which will result in more charges on Deming and Skyles. During this investigation detectives learned that the individuals were transporting large amounts of heroin from Michigan to Kentucky, passing through Scioto County on their drug runs.

Donini stated that these individuals were targeting very nice neighborhoods to included gated communities. They would get into unlocked vehicles or use a window punch tool to shatter the windows to gain entry into locked vehicles.

Detectives have gathered information that the suspects would search realty sites to find these nice neighborhoods. The vehicle used in the crime spree was a black Nissa Maxima with Kentucky tags.

Deming has a history of related crimes. In 2013, he and his brother were suspects in connection with a string of home invasions. In the case, Deming admitted to breaking into two homes in the area of Troy, Michigan, CBS Detroit reported. Deming currently has felony warrants in Michigan.

Deming has been charged with two counts of burglary, three counts of criminal damaging, breaking and entering, two counts of theft, obstruction of justice, possession of criminal tools and two misdemeanor theft charges

Skyles has been charged with two counts of complicity to burglary, complicity to breaking and entering, three counts of criminal damaging, two counts of complicity to theft, obstruction of justice, possession of criminal tools and two counts of complicity to petty theft.

She was being held in the Scioto County Jail on $167,500 bond.

This is still and ongoing investigation that could result in more charges, Donini’s office confirmed. Any other departments with similar crimes should contact their office. Additionally, anyone with any information concerning these burglaries and thefts should contact Detective Jodi Conkel at (740) 351- 1091.

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By Nikki Blankenship

nblankenship@aimmediamidwest.com

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1931.