GALLIPOLIS — A pair of Lawrence County men caught on video last month breaking into a Crown City home appeared before Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans on Monday to face second-degree felony burglary charges.
Larry M. “Matt” Eddy, 31, and Jeremy B. Slone, 31, both of Chesapeake, each pleaded not guilty during their respective arraignment hearings this week to breaking into a home Feb. 4 along Ohio 218.
Eddy, the first suspect to be apprehended , appeared in the Gallipolis Municipal Court following his arrested Feb. 7.
According to charges filed in Municipal Court and signed by a Gallia County sheriff’s deputy, Eddy was identified as a suspect after the victim’s home surveillance system captured two white males burglarizing her Ohio 218 home at about 11:20 a.m. Feb. 4.
The video of the burglary obtained from the homeowner was later released by the sheriff’s office and shown through various news outlets. Tips from the public later aided investigators as they attempted to uncover the identity of the suspects.
Clothes matching those worn by one of the suspects was later found on a burn pile at Eddy’s Lawrence County residence, according to the complaint.
Following his arrest, Eddy also allegedly confessed to agents with the Gallia-Meigs Major Crime Task Force that he had committed the burglary and fled the residence after being interrupted by a family member coming to the property.
The second suspect, whose name was not immediately released to the public, was also quickly identified by investigators but not arrested until his indictment was filed last week.
Eddy, who has been held in the Gallia County Jail under a $250,000, 10-percent bond, was also indicted last week after his case was bound over from Municipal Court.
During Monday’s hearings, both Eddy and Slone pleaded not guilty to second-degree felony burglary charges. Eddy’s bond was reduced to $25,000, 10 percent, and Slone’s bond was also set at $25,000, 10 percent.
Both men were ordered to have no contact with the victim or the victim’s property.
Eddy is being represented by appointed counsel Barbara Wallen, while Slone is being represented by Graham Woodyard.
Gallia County Assistant Prosecutor Britt Wiseman is representing the state in this case.