Couple arrested in theft from elderly woman


After weeks of searching for two people in a burglary of a Portsmouth home, both individuals have been arrested and charged.

Hannah Giles, 23, of Wheelersburg and Marcus Murphy, 24, of Ironton have been charged with one count of burglary, a felony of the second degree.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a report from an elderly female, who resides on Flo Morgan Drive in Portsmouth, stating that somebody had broken into her home and stole a television from inside her residence.

Donini said a deputy responded to the aforementioned location and took a report that was forwarded to a detective for an investigation. During the investigation, detectives were able to identify two suspects and after several weeks of searching for them, they were located and brought into the office for further investigation. It was that investigation that resulted in charges being presented to the Scioto County grand jury. On March 9, the Scioto County grand jury issued an indictment warrant for the couple.

Donini said deputies arrested both Giles and Murphy without incident on Sunday, March 13. Detectives said they were able to locate the stolen television in Kenova, West Virginia.

Giles and Murphy are currently being held in the Scioto County Jail without bond.

Captain John Murphy said anyone with any information concerning the burglary is being requested to contact detective Jodi Conkel at the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office at 740-351-1091 . All calls will remain anonymous.

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By Frank Lewis

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