CLAY TWP. — Two suspects have been captured and are being charged in relation to the four June convenience store robberies in Gallia County and a bank robbery that occurred in Scioto County.
According to information released by the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office on Friday, Chancey A. Barry, 29, and Mark J. Chafin, 27, both of Gallipolis, were arrested Thursday as a result of a joint investigation between their office and the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office.
Information was reportedly received that led deputies to 195 Dillon Road in Clay Township, Gallia County, and four individuals were taken into custody at the residence.
Barry and Chafin were subsequently arrested and charges are pending in connection with their alleged involvement in the robberies.
Evidence was reportedly located at the residence that tied both men to the recent string of robberies.
Barry and Chafin are being held at the Gallia County Jail. The two females that were located at the residence were questioned by investigators and released.
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning said that information received from the public in relation to the recent robberies, along with coordinating with Sheriff Marti Donini of Scioto County, was instrumental in identifying and capturing the suspects involved.
“This is a perfect example of how utilizing all available resources and working jointly can positively impact a community,” Browning said.
An investigation into this case began following a bank robbery June 2 in Scioto County at the Citizens Deposit Bank and Trust in South Webster.
According to the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, at 3:46 p.m. June 2, the male walked into the bank located at 110 North Jackson St. in South Webster before approaching a clerk and demanding an undisclosed amount of money.
The man reportedly indicated that he had a weapon.
After receiving the cash, the suspect left the bank on foot and was picked up by another male in an older model dark-colored vehicle.
Witnesses later reported that the suspect, who was wearing a red hoodie sweatshirt and a black mask or bandana over his face, was observed getting out of the vehicle and walking toward the bank.
The first robbery in Gallia County occurred several days later, on June 8 at the Speedway convenience store located on Jackson Pike in Green Township, when a man wearing a hooded sweat shirt with a mask over his face approached the counter and demanded money.
A second robbery occurred just two days later at Bladen Landing on Ohio 7 South in Ohio Township when a male entered the store just prior to 10 p.m. — the time at which the store closed — and demanded that the employee of the store give him all the money from the register. No weapons were reportedly used in this robbery.
A third robbery occurred just after 11 p.m. June 12 at Bodimer’s Convenience Store in Rodney. During this incident, a male entered the store and demanded money.
Employees reported that the suspect had indicated that he had a weapon during the incident, but kept his hand under his sweater during the robbery. He left the store on foot.
The fourth and most recent robbery again occurred at the Speedway store on Jackson Pike early June 18 when a male entered the store and demanded that the clerk give him money and cigarettes.
The suspect reportedly did not indicate that a weapon was present, nor did he make any threats toward store employees. The suspect reportedly got away with a little more than $100 and the cigarettes he demanded. He left the store on foot.
Following this incidents, Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman reported that detectives from the Scioto County Sheriff’s Office, along with the chief deputy in Gallia County, contacted the prosecutor’s office regarding newly discovered information in regard to the alleged getaway vehicle used in the Scioto County bank robbery and the multiple local gas station robberies. A search warrant was subsequently prepared for the residence on Dillon Road where the vehicle was parked Thursday afternoon and where Barry and Chafin were apprehended.
Fellow Assistant Prosecutor Eric Mulford said this case showcases the importance of cooperation among law enforcement agencies throughout the area as they continue to combat crime.
“Searches of the vehicle and the residence resulted in multiple arrests,” Mulford said. “This case illustrates the importance of law enforcement agencies across southeastern Ohio working together, pulling collective resources and sharing information.”
Wiseman added that charges against Barry and Chafin will be presented by the prosecutor’s office during the next session of the grand jury in Gallia County, while charges against the pair will also follow in Scioto County.
“It is in the intention of the Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to present cases on the Gallia County robberies to the next session of the grand jury,” Wiseman said. “We will continue to work with Scioto County and their prosecutors to ensure that these individuals are held accountable. We thank the business owners that were affected for their cooperation in the investigation and we hope that they can get back to serving residents of this community.”
This case remains under investigation by both the Gallia County and the Scioto County sheriff’s offices. Anyone with information in regard to these recent robberies is encouraged to contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office via their tip line at (740) 446-6555.