Suspect arrested in Wheelersburg robberies

By Nikki Blankenship -

Joseph E. Gaines, 35, of 227 Burkes Lane in Wheelersburg, has been arrested in the investigation of a string of robberies in the Wheelersburg area.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini announced Saturday that his 911 center received a call at 6:48 a.m. from Burger King, located at 8961 Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg. The caller stated that they had just been robbed by a male suspect wearing jogging pants, a long sleeve shirt, a red under armour hat, black shoes and sunglasses. The caller further added that the male suspect left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and was later observed getting into a vehicle describes as being a Toyota Camry silver in color.

Donini stated that a deputy’s along with detectives responded to this location where a report was taken. While patrolling for the suspect, deputies located Gain’s vehicle parked in front of 159 Hayport Road in Wheelersburg. The vehicle had a blown tire and had been left unoccupied.

Captain John Murphy stated that detectives were able to follow a path in the wet grass from the vehicle to Gain’s residence, where the suspect was detained for questioning without incident. That resulted in several search warrants being executed to include the Burkes Lane address and finally resulted in an arrest.

Murphy explained that his detectives have been working several robbery’s in the Wheelersburg area that are similar, all having the same suspect description. The first robbery took place on April 20 at Wes Banco, located at 9000 Ohio River Road in Wheelersburg. Wes Banco was again robbed on May 20. The third robbery took place at Factory Connection located at 9001 Ohio River Road on May 25, and the last was Burger King on May 27.

Gaines had been charged with four counts of robbery, a felony of the second degree, and is being held on a $300,000.00 bond. He will appear in Portsmouth Municipal Court on Tuesday May 30.

This is an ongoing investigation that will result in more charges being presented to the Scioto County Grand Jury on a later date. If anyone has information regarding these cases, they can contact Detective Jodi Conkel at (740) 351-1091.

By Nikki Blankenship

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

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