Wheelersburg man arrested in crime spree

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]



The man who was stabbed a couple of times during a home invasion incident in Sciotoville last week has now been arrested in connection with unrelated charges.

Gabe McCarty, 39, of Wheelersburg, has been charged with theft from an elderly person, a felony of the fourth degree.

Sheriff Marty V. Donini said McCarty was arrested as a result of a county wide crime spree. Detectives have been actively investigating several burglaries, breaking and entering’s and thefts throughout the county the last few weeks. Several items have been stolen including firearms, tools, money, purses, checks, credit cards and bows.

Detectives said they have been able to recover most of the stolen property and have returned the property to the victims.

During the investigation detectives were able to identify the suspect as McCarty who had been on the run since the start of his crime spree.

On Thursday, Portsmouth Police Operations Captain Lynn Brewer told the Daily Times, that at about 8:30 a.m. officers of the Portsmouth Police Department responded to a call of a subject entering the 1st Stop Market in Sciotoville, Ohio, bleeding heavily.

While en route to the call, officers received a second call that the subject had been stabbed and employees had locked the store down.

At about the time officers arrived at the 1st Stop Market, Brewer said they received a second call that a Gabe McCarty had broken into a house at 1011 Harding Avenue and had beaten the residents there with a crow bar. One of the residents had been able to get to a knife and had stabbed McCarty twice forcing him to abandon the assault and flee the residence.

Officers quickly identified the subject inside 1st Stop as McCarty. McCarty was bleeding heavily from two stab wounds and medical personnel from Portsmouth Ambulance called for a helicopter to fly McCarty to a trauma center. McCarty was transported by Portsmouth Ambulance to the Med Flight helicopter pad on 11th Street where he was then flown to St. Mary’ s Hospital Trauma Center in Huntington, West Virginia.

On Sunday, detectives received information that the suspect was released from the hospital. Deputies were able to locate the vehicle the suspect was picked up in and make a traffic stop which resulted in McCarty being arrested without incident.

Donini said the case is being treated as an ongoing investigation and that numerous charges will be presented to the grand jury.

Anyone with information is requested to contact detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091 all calls will remain anonymous.


By Frank Lewis

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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.