According to the sheriff's office, deputies took a report on Monday of a burglary that occurred on U.S. 52 in Stout in which neighbors in the area reportedly saw a male subject carrying items and acting suspiciously. The subject dropped the items and fled on foot upon realizing he had been seen by witnesses.
Later that night, another neighbor called to report a subject at her front door wanting to use her phone, and the woman advised authorities it was the suspect from the earlier burglary.
Officers from Shawnee State Forestry arrived first in the area and located the suspect, and upon arrival of sheriff's deputies, officers gathered evidence and information. As a result of the investigation, deputies arrested Beau Fisher, 39, of 1620 Robinson Ave.
Fisher's arrest has cleared up five aggravated burglary cases, along with one attempted aggravated burglary that occurred in October.
The burglaries were forced entries into homes, and on several occasions the suspect removed the electric meter in an attempt to disarm any alarm system that may have been activated, according to the report.
Deputies recovered approximately $5,000 worth of jewelry, a laptop computer and a firearm stolen from a burglary that occurred Sunday night.
Sheriff Marty Donini cited assistance from neighbors as a valuable resource in apprehending Fisher.
“Their actions clearly demonstrate how important it is for neighbors to become actively involved within their community, especially when they are victimized by criminals,” Donini said.
Fisher is charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, possession of criminal tools, and safecracking, and is lodged in the Scioto County Jail with a $27,500 bond, pending an appearance in Portsmouth Municipal Court. Fisher also faces an additional three counts of aggravated burglary, along with one count of attempted aggravated burglary in connection with the burglaries that occurred earlier this month.