At approximately 11 a.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to 444 Second Ave. in reference to a theft. Upon arrival, the officers were advised by the victim that he had been watching a male subject taking the wheels and tires off of his car.
The abandoned car was located in a parking area behind the building and when the officer approached the area, a male subject, later identified as Kenneth N. Drummond, 29, approached the officer.
Reportedly, Drummond advised the officer that he saw a tire near the car and was not aware that it belonged to anyone. He then began taking the tire apart so that he could remove the wheel and leave the tire.
Several individuals reportedly witnessed the theft and filled out statements to that effect.
Drummond was arrested and transported to the Gallia County Jail.
Drummond was arraigned in the Gallipolis Municipal Court on Friday, Dec. 17 and charged with one count of theft, a first degree misdemeanor. He was further ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case or to be within 100 yards of 444 Second Ave. A court pre-trial hearing has been scheduled in this case for Jan. 12. 2011.
Drummond was found guilty of criminal trespassing in a previous case in the Gallipolis Municipal Court and is also under indictment in a felony case through the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas.
On Sept. 2, 2010, Drummond was found guilty of criminal trespassing and was sentenced to 10 days in jail. Drummond was further given six months of non-reporting probation.
In his common pleas case, Drummond was arraigned on one count of theft on Aug. 24, 2010, and entered a plea of not guilty. A status conference scheduled for Dec. 1 has been continued in this case.