GALLIPOLIS — A mother and son pair, arrested earlier this month following a Bidwell-area burglary, recently appeared in the Gallipolis Municipal Court.
Steven S. Davis, 39, of Gallipolis, was arraigned last week in Gallipolis Municipal Court and was charged with burglary and receiving stolen property after he was identified as the suspect in a recent home break-in on Prospect Church Road.
According to the complaint filed Feb. 18 with Municipal Court and signed by a Gallia County sheriff’s deputy, law enforcement was altered to the burglary after the homeowner returned home Feb. 14 and discovered that the home had been forcibly entered and property stolen, including guns, credit cards, a television, a laptop, and a lock box with miscellaneous papers.
Following an investigation, deputies reportedly determined that Davis had used one of the stolen credit cards on Feb. 14 in Oak Hill, Ohio.
Davis was reportedly later located at his Georges Creek Road residence and was allegedly found in the possession of stolen property from several different burglaries, including the break-in at the residence on Prospect Church Road.
In addition, deputies reportedly discovered that the suspect’s mother, Sharon Davis, 56, of Gallipolis, had burned some of the victim’s stolen property at the Georges Creek Road residence in an attempt to conceal evidence that her son had committed the burglary.
During a hearing last week, Davis’ bond was set at $150,000, 10 percent, and public defender William Conley was appointed to represent him.
He was further ordered to have no contact with the victim or his property.
During a preliminary hearing last week, Davis waived his right to a preliminary hearing and his case was bound over to Gallia County Common Pleas Court, where it will later be heard by a grand jury.
Davis’ bond was further reduced to $3,000, 10 percent, as per the recommendation of the state of Ohio. He was released on bond Friday.
Sharon Davis was also present in court last week and was charged with third-degree felony tampering with evidence.
She was ordered to have no contact with the victim or with Steven Davis. She is being represented by defense attorney Richard Hedges.
It is expected that Sharon Davis’ case will similarly be bound over to common pleas court.