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GALLIPOLIS — A prison sentence was handed down in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County this week against a man who was previously sentenced to probation after he was apprehended at a local scrap yard allegedly attempting to sell items he had just stolen.

Brandon M. Harrison, 22, of Gallipolis, was sentenced to a total of 17 months in the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction for theft and receiving stolen property after his community control was revoked by the court.

Harrison had been sentenced to 24 months of community control in December after he pleaded guilty to stealing metal items from a home located on Cargo Road on May 7, 2013, and to being in the possession of two stolen firearms in April 2013; however, a warrant was subsequently issued for the defendant’s arrest earlier this year after he had allegedly absconded supervision.

Harrison was initially arrested at approximately 3:30 p.m. on May 7, 2013, at L&L Scrap Metal in Gallipolis after he was intercepted at that location by a homeowner whose goods he had allegedly stolen shortly before his arrival at the business.

According to the police report, on the date and time in question, deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a reported theft-in-progress call on Cargo Road in the southern portion of the county.

Upon their arrival, deputies spoke with the homeowner who reported that she had observed a grey-colored truck on her property near a field where she and her husband were storing steel items.

The victim reported that she saw a person loading the property onto the back of the truck, and thus, in an attempt to block the vehicle in, she drove her car to the location. However, the suspect reportedly saw the victim and drove away from the residence at a high rate of speed.

The homeowner further reported that she recognized the suspect as Harrison and chased the truck he was driving, but lost sight of the vehicle along Teens Run Road.

The victim further reported that she then phoned her husband at work to tell him what had happened. He then reportedly traveled to the scrap yard in an attempt to locate the suspect.

While leaving Cargo Road, the responding deputies reportedly received word that the male victim was at L&L Scrap Metal along with Harrison who reportedly still had the victims’ stolen property in the bed of the truck.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and was transported to the Gallia County Jail. His vehicle was towed from the scrap yard and was placed in storage until the victim could retrieve his items.

Among the property stolen were trailer axles, anchor bus bells, steel pipes, rods, tubing, truck rims, hitches, steel rods, cables and steel fence posts — items valued at over $1,000, but less than $7,500.

An indictment in this case was filed shortly after the suspect’s arrest and not only outlines the theft charge, but also the receiving stolen property charge after the defendant was allegedly in the possession of a Browning 20 gauge and a Remington Wingmaster 12 gauge on April 20, 2013 — items he had reasonable cause to believe were stolen from the victim.

According to the police report filed in this separate case, the victim reported to the sheriff’s office on April 21, 2013, that his residence had been broken into and he had discovered that the suspect had recently sold guns matching the description of the ones that had been stolen from his home.

After appearing for his initial arraignment hearing in relation to the indictment last May, Harrison failed to appeared for a scheduled status hearing on July 1 and was not arrested until Sept. 27. His bond was later revoked and Harrison later pleaded guilty to both counts of his indictment during a hearing on Nov. 18.

During a sentencing hearing last December, the defendant was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $1,000 to the victim whose firearms had been stolen. He was further ordered to have no contact with this victim.

After a warrant was filed for Harrison’s arrest in March, he was arrested on this warrant by the Ohio State Highway Patrol on March 25, and community control violations were thereafter filed with the court.

The violations indicate that Harrison failed to register with the employment office as ordered, had failed to report to his probation officer as ordered, had tested positive for illegal drugs following his arrest in March, had failed to pay court costs and his supervisory fee as ordered, and had also failed to perform community service as ordered.

Following an arraignment hearing on March 27 in relation to his probation violations, the defendant was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to appear for a final hearing in this case on April 17, however, the defendant again failed to appear for this scheduled hearing.

He was arrested on a warrant by a deputy on May 30 and his bond was revoked. During a final hearing this week, Harrison was sentenced to 11 months of incarceration as to his theft charge and 17 months of imprisonment for the charge of receiving stolen property — sentences ordered to be served concurrently with each other.

Harrison was given credit for 99 days of jail time served and was ordered to pay the costs of prosecution.

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