Vinton man arrested for possession of stolen property

By Dean Wright -

Lacey Wolford

Lacey Wolford

GALLIPOLIS — A Vinton man arrested by Gallia County Sheriff’s deputies was recently indicted for reportedly possessing a stolen all-terrain vehicle which was taken in June.

“Basically, we had an ATV theft that was reported stolen to us,” Gallia Sheriff Joe Browning said. “Detectives worked the case and were able to obtain information that put them in the direction of Mr. Wolford. The vehicle was located and the detective staff was able to put that in his vicinity. When questioned, he more or less admitted involvement in the receiving of that property.”

The ATV reportedly went missing June 3. According to the sheriff’s office, Wolford was reportedly taken into custody June 9 and indicted last week.

“Sometimes the best case we can make is for the (receiving stolen property charge), even though we feel like someone may have been strongly implicated in the theft of the vehicle itself,” Browning said. “Being able to prove that is not always possible and we do revert back to the next-best thing, which is the (receiving charge).”

According to Browning, Wolford has been the subject of interest in regard to several investigations in the north side of the county and his name has been mentioned by a variety of people questioned. Wolford has pleaded to receiving stolen property before.

Supposedly, after permission was given to deputies, the ATV was recovered at a property on Keystone Road belonging to a relative of Wolford. The ATV was reportedly a 2006 Arctic Cat valued a little more than $5,000.

“We get a lot of tips from the public and we really appreciate that,” Browning said. “Sometimes those tips lead to evidence that we can use in cases and a lot of times it’s frustrating because we know that the person we’re looking at probably did the crime, but proving it in a court of law is sometimes tough. So we do appreciate the tips we get in all of our cases.”

Individuals can call the sheriff’s office tip line at 740-446-6555.

Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.

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By Dean Wright