Updated Thu, Jul 3, 2014 9:50 am
Detectives from the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office aided in developing leads and information on several thousand dollars in stolen property, leading to the arrest of two people on Tuesday.
Jimmy Lee Taylor, 43, of Rockbridge, has been charged by the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office with four counts of receiving stolen property and two counts of theft, all felonies, according to Sheriff Dave Phalen.
Also charged was Sherrie Davey, 37, of Columbus, with two felony counts of receiving stolen property and two felony counts of theft.
Phalen said detectives from the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating a series of garage break-ins in which equipment and tools were being stolen.
On Monday, deputies reported spotting Taylor and his girlfriend, Davey, purchasing gasoline for a truck at the Rushville Marathon. The truck had been reported stolen out of Columbus, so both suspects were taken into custody.
He said detectives from Fairfield, Pickaway and Hocking counties assisted investigating property being stolen or pawned and taken out of the counties.
In one incident, Phalen said a homeowner surprised the suspects after they came to the door and took a picture of them and the truck while they were driving away. This information was then posted on Facebook and assisted law enforcement in identifying the individuals involved.
In several of these burglaries, detectives believe Taylor would approach a residence and, when he determined no one was home, would make entry into a garage or outbuilding to see what he could take.
“Detectives are continuing to identify stolen property that these individuals may be responsible for,” said Lt. Tim Voris, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office.
“These types of crimes are typical, where the suspect goes to the front door, knocks and if no one answers the door, he or she will force their way into the home or garage and take items easily able to be sold or pawned in a short time,” Phalen said.
Detectives believe Taylor would leave the burglary scene and sell or drop off the stolen property for drug money.
Many of the areas targeted were garages where lawnmowers, tools, weed eaters, four wheelers and other items were available. Anyone locally who may have additional information regarding these burglaries is asked to call the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office at 740-474-2176.