Burglary & Grand Theft Auto in Ross Grand Jury

posted by Kevin Coleman -

The Ross County Grand Jury returned all 19 of their cases Friday, with three open. 

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A convicted burglar was caught red-handed after being caught on video. 

According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, on the early morning of September 25th a burglary was reported in Chillicothe of almost $5,000 in jewelry and four firearms.  The victims accessed video of their neighboring property which showed an unidentifiable man with a black bag at their front door. 

When some of their jewelry was later identified at Buckeye Gold, the police officer learned that the seller was at Cashland...where he was found with more of the victim's jewelry on him. 

Then at his residence at 248 South Mulberry, his girlfriend reported that he had been in the back shed...where more jewelry, the guns, and a black bag were recovered. 

37-year-old Eric K. Gessels was indicted for burglary and receiving stolen property.  Because he was on parole for a previous burglary conviction he also got having weapons under disability.  

Gessels could get up to $17,500 of fines and more than 7 years. 

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According to the Ross County Prosecutor's Office, on March 28th a couple asked 34-year-old Justin E. Boulet to help them rent a Ford F-150 pickup. 

He drove their vehicle back to their home, but when the couple went for a smoke outside their back door, they found the door was locked.  The woman ran around the residence in time to see Boulet driving off in the rented pickup. 

She reported the theft April 5th, the same day the truck was recovered in St. Clairsville, Ohio.  

Boulet was later located in the Eastern Ohio Correctional Facility, serving time for a parole violation on a conviction for aggravated possession of drugs. 

He could get up to 18 months and a $5,000 fine for his new indictment of grand theft auto. 



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