GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County Sheriff Matt Champlin released a statement Wednesday involving the arrest of a suspect reportedly involved with the theft of construction equipment from the Thomas Do-It Center in Gallipolis.
According to Champlin, his agency began an investigation into the theft of several pieces of construction equipment on Monday, Nov. 6, when the store reported the theft. Wednesday, Shawn L. Cox, 36, of Point Pleasant, W.Va., was taken into custody based on the outcome of the investigation. Cox has been charged with fifth-degree felony theft.
“I am thankful for this quick resolution to this investigation and being able to provide justice for the victim in this case,” said Champlin. “Our deputies worked diligently from the tips provided by the public after surveillance images from this investigation were released on our social media site. It’s this type of communication and cooperation between the citizens of Gallia County and law enforcement that is proving to be successful in solving these types of crimes promptly.”