Burglaries linked, man arrested

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



Michael Ryan Dingess, 26, of Portsmouth, is facing burglary charges after a series of reports to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office were linked together by investigators, resulting in an arrest.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received a call on Jan.27, 2017 from a man who lives on Clover Lane in Wheelersburg, stating that someone had broken out a window to his attached garage attempting to break in before being scared off by a neighbor. A photo of the suspect along with the suspects vehicle was obtained.

A deputy responded to the location where a report was taken and forwarded to a detective for an investigation. During the ongoing investigation, two more reports were filed. One was from a Dry Run, a West Portsmouth resident who told deputies on Jan. 30, 2017 he and his wife returned home to find the door to their house had been forced open. Once inside they found a male suspect standing in the living room with several items that belonged to them, including electronics and jewelry. They said the man dropped the items and ran on foot leaving in a vehicle, which oddly enough, matched the description from the call on Clover Lane. Another report was filed on the same date from a Kittle Road, Wheelersburg location in which a woman observed a suspicious vehicle parked at her parents’ house. As she approached the house, she said a man ran from inside of the attached garage and fled in a vehicle matching all the other reports. That victim reported several items missing.

During the investigation detectives said they were able to gather evidence with the help of social media and witnesses that helped identify a possible suspect.

Captain John Murphy said on Tuesday Jan. 31, 2017, detectives were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle parked at a residence at 213 South Preston Street, Portsmouth, Ohio, which resulted in the suspect being detained without incident. It resulted in a search warrant being served on that location along with the suspect vehicle being impounded for a further investigation.

Dingess has been charged with one count of attempted burglary, two counts of burglary a felonies of the second degree and probation violation. Dingess is being held without bond and appeared in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Wednesday Feb. 1, 2017.

Donini referred to it as an ongoing investigation that will result with more charges being presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury.

Anyone with information about any of these cases can contact detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091 al calls will be anonymous.


By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.