GALLIPOLIS — Two men were arrested late Tuesday by Gallia County sheriff’s deputies in connection with recent burglaries in Morgan Township, Gallia County.
According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, Seth A. Jeffers, 18, of Bidwell, and Cherodan W. Rockaway, 19, address unknown, have been taken into custody and are being charged with receiving stolen property.
Late Monday evening, the sheriff’s office released information to the public in regard to a report of three burglaries in the Morgan Township area. The incidents all occurred between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday and were reported at residences on Ohio 554, Morgan Center Road and Meadow Lane.
By Wednesday afternoon, Browning had reported that two arrests had been made in connection with the area burglaries, and that the suspects had been charged with receiving stolen property in relation to at least one of the recent break-ins.
According to charges filed in Gallipolis Municipal Court on Wednesday, the suspects were in the possession of a Tri Star 12-gauge shotgun on July 22 — property that was reported stolen from an area home.
The homeowner reportedly told law enforcement that, just a day prior to the burglary at his residence, he had observed a vehicle traveling near his residence. After speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, they reported that they were looking for a girl. The vehicle that the victim subsequently described to local law enforcement was later located in front of Jeffers’ residence.
Reportedly located inside the residence were both Jeffers and Rockaway, along with the victim’s firearm.
Also, according to the charges, filed and signed by a sheriff’s deputy, the pair also later admitted to investigators that they had broken into the victim’s residence and had taken several items.
Sheriff Browning further reported that the investigation into the recent burglaries is continuing and additional charges of burglary and criminal trespassing against Jeffers and Rockaway are being pursued through the Gallia County Prosecutor’s Office.
The sheriff’s office has also reportedly recovered a vehicle used in the offense, and Browning stressed that he feels that there are others connected with these two suspects who will also be charged in connection with the recent string of area burglaries.
“The suspects arrested yesterday were involved in the reported burglaries by having possession of the stolen property. Vehicle descriptions provided by alert neighbors also assisted our staff in this investigation,” Browning said. “We will continue the investigation and plan on charging anyone that assisted or received property from these burglaries. If anyone purchased or traded for items that had a ‘too good to be true’ price, they should be aware that they are subject to prosecution.”
Browning further encouraged neighbors to continue to be vigilant in watching for suspicious vehicles around their neighbor’s properties and to contact the sheriff’s office with any information by calling their tip line at (740) 446-6555.
Deputies are also reportedly seeking information as to the whereabouts of Rodney E. Byus, as he is wanted in connection with a recent breaking and entering.
Byus, 43, is described as having brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and about 185 pounds. He also reportedly has a tattoo of feathers on his left arm.
Byus has reportedly been frequenting the Point Pleasant, W.Va., area.
Anyone with information as to whereabouts of Byus is encouraged to call sheriff’s office dispatchers at (740) 446-1221.