Suspects caught in multiple vehicle break-ins

By Dean Wright - [email protected]

RIO GRANDE — Rio Grande Police have apprehended a pair of juveniles after a series of holiday vehicle break-ins that occurred Dec. 29-30.

“Monday night into Tuesday morning was when we think the entries happened,” said Lt. Josh Davies, of the Rio Grande Police Department. “An estimated 15 cars were broken into. There may possibly be more.”

According to Davies, reports started rolling in Tuesday morning. Vehicles allegedly entered by the pair of suspects were reportedly left unlocked. Davies said many of the items reportedly taken were found throughout the village.

Davies believes the suspects were searching for money. He named a variety of purses and wallets as being some of the items recovered or reported as missing.

“They just went through the cars,” Davies said. “There wasn’t really a specific thing. They were bored and got into vehicles, basically. There was one stereo taken out of a vehicle that was thrown out after being pulled out of the dash of the vehicle.”

Davies said there were items missing throughout the village. He noted that the items stolen were primarily from vehicles parked at private residences. Officers reportedly received tips from residents and will be receiving video evidence gathered from undisclosed camera locations.

Davies said the parents of the suspects were present when interviewed. He said the suspects confessed to committing the crimes in question. They waived their right to legal counsel.

“Everything has been sent to the (Gallia County) Prosecutor’s Office for review,” Davies said. “We’re still not sure what they’re going to be charged with.”

Davies asked members of the public that may have had something stolen to contact RPD. He reminded people to secure their belongings and lock the doors of their vehicles and homes to prevent thefts.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, the juvenile suspects are also being investigated for vandalism that occurred during the same time frame at Bob Evans Farm. During the same time frame as the vehicle break-ins, employees of Bob Evans Farm reported damage to decorative lighting displays. A “significant dollar amount” was reported as cost of damages.

Browning said the sheriff’s office will continue to coordinate efforts with RPD.

Dean Wright can be reached a (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright

[email protected]