The Scioto County Sheriff, Marty V. Donini, announced that Timothy Long and Christopher Miller were arrested Jan. 21. The two men were both arrested on multiple charges, such as theft and vandalism.
The Sheriff’s office received a call from a local business Jan. 21. Mikes Auto Sales stated they had come into the shop to discover converters had been cut from several vehicles.
At the scene of the crime, the two Lucasville men were detained without incident.
Captain John Murphy stated a detective was utilized for further investigation. Possibly related, Murphy has had detectives assigned to the multiple converter thefts.
Upon further investigation, they were able to conclude that a male driving a truck dropped the two arrested off for the heist. When deputies arrived on scene, the man in the vehicle fled.
Since the theft, the man has recently been identified, but no information was given. Due to the man fleeing the scene, when eventually apprehended, more charges will be placed against him. Information involving different suspects are being linked back to the same people. The detectives do have information that the string of converter thefts are related.
Long, 36, of 364 Back Street Lucasville, Ohio, has been charged with four, fifth-degree felonies; theft, vandalism, criminal tools, and breaking and entering. Those as well as driving under suspension and inducing panic, resulting in a bench warrant.
From Peebles currently residing in Lucasville, Miller, 37, was charged with theft, criminal tools, vandalism, and breaking and entering. All fifth-degree felonies. A warrant has been served for driving under suspension and probation violation.
Both men are being held without bond and were scheduled to appear before a judge in the Portsmouth Municipal Court on the Jan. 22.
Captain Murphy concluded that the quick arrests were thanks to the detectives, deputies and community all working together. Murphy encourages anyone with information or suspicion in their neighborhood to contact the department.
As an ongoing investigation, anyone with info on the recent train of thefts to contact detective Jodi Conkel at (740) 351-1091, all calls will remain totally anonymous.
Reach Bailey Watts (740) 353-3101 Ext 1931
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