Deputies nab suspect in string of crimes


By Dean Wright - [email protected]



Officer Brady Curry holds the door open while Woodrow steps into the back of a Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Cruiser with Detective Chris Gruber standing at right.


Courtesy photo

Jerry D. Woodrow


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GALLIPOLIS — Gallia and Meigs law enforcement collaborated efforts Friday to bring a person of interest into custody of several crimes that occurred two weeks ago, most involving thefts of purses or wallets.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, Jerry D. Woodrow, 41, of Bidwell, is a person of interest in a string of crime in both Gallia and Meigs counties for suspected varieties of theft.

“We’ve been working together, our detective, the Gallia and Meigs deputies, and the (Gallia-Meigs) Task Force, ” Browning said. “Since this first came up, the task force helped us with the apprehension, conducted surveillance and helped us locate (Woodrow). Our deputies and detectives took him into custody.”

Browning told the Tribune that over a short period of time recently, someone had been knocking on the doors of the elderly or disabled. The man would allegedly tell the resident they were short on gas and looking for money or share a similar story to gather sympathy. When the resident would go to offer some help in the form of grabbing a wallet or purse, the man would allegedly reach to grab it. In one case, the suspect supposedly entered a woman’s home and snagged a purse. Another man threw his walker at a suspect after having had his wallet taken.

“We had a warrant on him already for passing bad checks,” Browning said. “(It was) a large amount of bad checks here in Gallia County on a separate case we were working. In the meantime, our detective worked with (Meigs County) Sheriff (Keith) Wood and his staff on cases they had up there.”

Wood reports that Woodrow has been charged with the attempted robbery of a Pomeroy woman on March 31. Woodrow allegedly followed the woman’s vehicle from the Gallipolis Walmart to her Meigs County residence. The woman pulled into her driveway and Woodrow allegedly approached her while asking for directions to Racine. When the victim started giving directions, Woodrow grabbed for her purse and the pair struggled. The victim’s husband came out of the home and Woodrow allegedly fled from the scene in his vehicle.

Surveillance footage was obtained from Walmart and reviewed by officers who allegedly identified Woodrow as the suspect of the said crimes.

Woodrow is currently in Gallia County Jail and waiting arraignment in Meigs County Court of Common Pleas. Further charges are being reviewed in Gallia County judicial processes.

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

Officer Brady Curry holds the door open while Woodrow steps into the back of a Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Cruiser with Detective Chris Gruber standing at right.
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_IMG953635.jpgOfficer Brady Curry holds the door open while Woodrow steps into the back of a Gallia County Sheriff’s Office Cruiser with Detective Chris Gruber standing at right. Courtesy photo

Jerry D. Woodrow
http://mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_Woodrow.jpgJerry D. Woodrow Courtesy photo

By Dean Wright

[email protected]

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

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

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