GALLIPOLIS — After a pair of recent crimes, one resulting in an arrest and another with the suspect still at large, the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public if they have any further knowledge of the events.
“Our detective bureau has been investigating thefts and burglaries in the south end of the county and this gentleman’s name has come up in more than one of those,” Sheriff Joe Browning said Friday.
Chad Sheets was charged with felony theft after he allegedly took 30 aluminum wheels from Stapleton Auto Repair in Mercerville. Sheets, 30, of Gallipolis, was incarcerated Thursday after Gallipolis city police apprehended him.
“I believe it is safe to say he is a person of interest in other thefts in that area as well,” Browning said. “So we are continuing our investigation. Our detectives have been talking with him while he’s been (in jail). I don’t think he’s the only person that is involved in those situations, so we are going to continue our investigation and let the public know that we do get good results when we receive good information (from the public).”
Browning said he believes the victims of the theft were helpful in providing feedback and contacting the deputy staff, allowing authorities to work with provided information in the attempted recovery of the wheels as they had been allegedly sold to another auto dealer.
Another crime at the Par Mar store on State Route 160 in Vinton occurred Tuesday night. An individual allegedly broke into the store and attempted to remove the store’s ATM with a dolly cart, according to surveillance footage. After proving unsuccessful, he brought in a chain and wrapped it around the ATM, then hitched it to the back of a pickup truck and attempted to pull the ATM out. After proving unsuccessful again, he fled the scene.
The sheriff’s office requests that any individuals that know of information pertaining to either crimes or related crimes to contact the department at their tip line, (740) 446-6555. All calls are considered anonymous. Also, if an individual wants to be contacted, deputies request tipsters leave their information and a call-back number, and their information will still be kept anonymous.
The sheriff’s office said it is common for stolen objects to be sold to second-hand or pawn stores. If individuals feel they have purchased or received stolen items, they should call law enforcement at their earliest availability.
Dean Wright an be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.