Nationwide crime spree ends in Lucasville, Ohio

Source: Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol

LUCASVILLE – A traffic stop on State Route 348 led to the arrest of the two occupants after further investigation led to the discovery of multiple felony warrants from several states on both for fraud and parole violation. The Portsmouth Post received a complaint regarding two people who were acting suspiciously near homes on Rapp Montgomery Road in Pike County, and were told that the two had left the area in a white Chevy SUV, and provided the Post Dispatcher with a partial Illinois tag.

Troopers observed the vehicle southbound on US Route 23 approaching Lucasville, and stopped it on State Route 348 after it was observed making a traffic violation. After running the complete registration, it was discovered that the license plate displayed on the vehicle was stolen from Illinois, and both occupants were placed in custody.

Initially, both parties provided false identities, but after further investigation by units from the Portsmouth Post, the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, and members of the State Highway Patrol’s Investigative Services Unit, it was determined that they were both wanted in multiple states for felony fraud after writing numerous bad checks in Missouri, Oklahoma, Florida, Virginia, Washington State, and Arkansas, with additional investigations known to be ongoing involving both suspects in Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Troopers also recovered a large amount of property from the vehicle which is believed to have been obtained through the passing of additional fraudulent checks in the tristate area.

Arrested were Robert Junior Matthew Heffley, age 32, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Kimberly Dawn Keller, age 42, also of Sioux Falls. Both are incarcerated in the Scioto County Jail on local charges of receiving stolen property. Heffley will also be held on an extradition request from Oklahoma on felony fraud, while Keller faces extradition to Missouri on multiple felony charges for parole violation and felony fraud.

The investigation will continue, and additional local charges may follow.

Source: Portsmouth Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol