GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for tips in apprehending a Gallia County man wanted in connection with the theft of power tools.
According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, Don Mitchell told deputies that on May 28 he had hired John Brawley, 43, to trim the trees and bushes around his property for $250. Brawley allegedly asked for $150 up front and Mitchell agreed. Brawley then left.
Mitchell said on May 31 when he came home from church, he found that someone had trimmed around some of his bushes in the front of his property. However, he allegedly discovered that his electric trimmer saw, a manual trimmer saw and 50 feet of electric cord missing from his garage.
Deputies called Mitchell on June 9 to check if Brawley had returned; Mitchell said he had not.
A warrant has been issued for Brawley for alleged violation of 2913.02(A)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code (theft). The sheriff’s office suspects he is driving around the county and surrounding areas in a green van. Brawley is roughly six feet tall, 225 pounds and has red hair with blue eyes.
Brawley was previously suspected and arrested for alleged similar activities in Mason County, W.Va., in early April.
If the public has information regarding Brawley or similar events, individuals can anonymously call the sheriff’s office tip line at (740) 446-6555.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.