GALLIPOLIS — A Jackson County man charged in connection with a summer burglary and break-ins at two Gallia County businesses was recently sentenced in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County.
William S. Zinn, 30, Oak Hill, was sentenced on Friday to serve a total of two years in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and correction in two separate 2012 cases.
In his first case, Zinn was charged with the June 17, 2012, burglary of a Raccoon Township residence.
According to the complaint, the resident of the Pleasant Valley Road home reported a burglary to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office on June 17 and advised the responding deputy that he had a camera set up inside his residence. He had reportedly captured pictures of the defendant inside the home.
Zinn was later arrested in relation to this case and was arraigned on June 28.
Following this arraignment hearing in the common pleas court, Zinn was released on an own recognizance bond.
A second indictment was filed against Zinn after he was identified as a suspect in two break-ins that occurred in the Spring Valley area on July 31, 2012.
Zinn, along with Charles E. Logan, 44, Galloway, Ohio, was arrested shortly after an initial investigation of the break-ins at Baxter’s Harley Davidson, located at 1928 Jackson Pike, and Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, located at 668 Pinecrest Drive.
Deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office were first made aware of the break-in at Baxter’s Harley Davidson after a suspect who was fleeing from a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol was apprehended near Lariat Drive off of Jackson Pike during the early morning hours of July 31.
According to the police report, the suspect, who was later identified as Logan, was fleeing on an orange Harley Davidson motorcycle and was wearing Harley Davidson clothing.
Reportedly, a large sum of money was also removed from the suspect’s pockets by officers during his arrest.
The Harley shop was then checked for activity, and it was found that the front door of the business had been broken with a rock.
The owners of the store were advised of the break-in and later arrived on scene to confirm that a 2012 orange Harley Davidson had been stolen from their business along with cash and other merchandise.
While investigating the break-in at Baxter’s, deputies were alerted to a second break-in at nearby Bridgeport Equipment.
According to the police report, the sales manager of the business had arrived for work early on the morning of July 31 and had found that the front door of the business had been busted out, and entry had been made into the building.
Employees with Bridgeport further advised that they had video surveillance of the two suspects inside the store during the break-in.
The property taken from Bridgeport, including a safe, cash, several chainsaws, generators, clothing and other items, was later recovered by deputies.
Both Zinn and Logan were later indicted by a grand jury and charged with two counts of breaking and entering for the events of July 31.
In addition, both were also charged with the theft of $40,000 of personal property from Baxter’s Harley Davidson and $30,000 of personal property from Bridgeport Equipment.
Logan was also charged with theft of the 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at $17,600.
Late in November, Logan was sentenced to serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence in the state prison system for the break-ins at the two business.
He was further ordered to pay $917.15 in restitution to Baxter’s Harley Davidson.
During his hearing on Friday, Zinn pleaded guilty to two counts of theft for the theft of personal property from Baxter’s Harley Davidson and Bridgeport Equipment.
He was then ordered to serve a 12-month sentence for both counts of theft, for a total of two years of incarceration.
Zinn was further ordered to pay $2,025.15 in restitution to Baxter’s and $193.31 in restitution to Bridgeport.
In his first 2012 case, Zinn also pleaded guilty to a third-degree-felony burglary charge and was sentenced to serve a 24-month term of incarceration. This sentence was ordered to be served concurrently with his second 2012 case, for a total of two years in a state penal facility.
He was further ordered to pay restitution in this first case in the amount of $6,284.41 to the victim of the June burglary.
Zinn was given credit for a total of 170 days served and was ordered to pay the cost of prosecution.