PORTER — A Gallia County man, who community members observed as acting suspiciously in the Porter area on Thursday afternoon, is now being held in the Gallia County Jail for burglary.
Adam Wolford, 30, of Vinton, was arrested at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday by deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office who were dispatched to the 600 block of Porter Road in reference to a man who was possibly selling narcotics. Alert citizens had reportedly observed the suspect and reported him to authorities.
After making contact with the suspect, identified as Wolford, deputies searched him for weapons. While no weapons were located, the suspect reportedly had on his person a pair of gloves. Additionally, while speaking to the suspect, deputies observed four pill bottles in the ditch next to where he was standing. Wolford denied any knowledge of the items, but the bottles were collected and the address listed on the prescription bottles were noted by the deputies.
After placing the suspect in custody, deputies discovered that a rear door of the nearby residence was open — the same residence as was listed on the prescription bottles. The residence was searched and deputies reported that the home had been ransacked. Photos of the scene were taken and a slip was left in the door for the homeowner to call when he or she returned.
Wolford was transported to the Gallia County Jail without incident.
Later on Thursday evening, deputies reportedly spoke with the homeowner who reported that medications had been taken from his home, while initial entry into the residence had been made through a window.
Deputies later collected evidence at the home, including a tool used to pry open the window, while the victim reported that only medication had been taken from the home, along with a pair of gloves that was missing from back porch.
Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning reported that Wolford will be charged with burglary in relation to Thursday afternoon’s incident. Additional charges of the possession of criminal tools and theft may be filed once the case is reviewed by the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office.
Browning further thanked those members of the community who were observant on Thursday afternoon, commenting on how helpful it is to have citizens call and report suspicious activity to the sheriff’s office.
Further information on this case will be released as it is made available.