Last updated: July 03. 2014 8:04PM - 863 Views
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GALLIPOLIS — An indictment was recently handed down against an individual accused of burglarizing his mother’s Gallia County home.


Kelsey W. Reuter, 26, address unknown, recently pleaded not guilty to one count of burglary and one count of theft.


Reuter, who was initially arrested by law enforcement on April 29, made a first appearance in the Gallipolis Municipal Court following his arrest and has remained incarcerated in the Gallia County Jail under at $300,000, 10 percent bond.


According to the original complaint filed with the municipal court by a Gallia County Sheriff’s deputy, after investigating a burglary that occurred at a home located on Bulaville Pike on April 11, the victim reported to the investigator that she believed that her son was the person who had entered her home and had taken a large water bottle containing change and some jewelry.


The officer later obtained video footage from Ohio Valley Bank and Peoples Bank that shows the defendant cashing in the change. The defendant also reportedly admitted to his mother that he had taken the change from the residence without permission.


After appearing for a preliminary hearing, the defendant’s case was bound over to the common pleas court where it was heard by a grand jury last month.


The indictment, signed by special prosecutor Christopher Kinsler of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, outlines a third-degree felony charge of burglary, as well as a fifth-degree felony theft charge after the defendant burglarized the victim’s residence, located on Bulaville Pike, on April 11 and deprived the owner of $1,024.39.


A summons was later issued for the defendant’s appearance for an arraignment hearing, and, during last week’s hearing before Judge Michael Ward, Reuter pleaded not guilty to the charges. His bond was set at $300,000, 10 percent, as continued from the municipal court.


Judge Ward is sitting in for Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans who has recused himself from this case.


Reuter is being represented by public defender Barbara Wallen.


A status conference in this case will be set at a later date.

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