RUTLAND, Ohio (WTAP) - UPDATE: 6/12/2018
The Meigs County Sheriff's Office has arrested the second of two suspects facing charges in the May, 2018 break-in and theft at Fox's Pizza Den in Rutland, Ohio.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says Harley E. McDonald, 36, of Rutland, Ohio, was arrested on June 8th in Mason County, W.Va. by Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies and the West Virginia State Police.
Sheriff Wood says his deputies got a tip that McDonald and another man were seen driving a red Ford pickup truck with logs in the back, at the Story’s Run Gas Station on Ohio State Route 7 in Middleport.
Deputies responded and couldn't find the truck, but believed McDonald and the other man were trying to sell the logs in that area.
Investigators then learned Harley may have been headed to Mason County, West Virginia.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office found the truck, with McDonald still in it, leaving a logging business in Mason County and stopped the truck on Route 2 in Mason County.
McDonald initially refused to provide any information to deputies, but he did cooperate and was arrested without incident.
Harley has been extradited back to Ohio, after going before a Mason County Judge, and will face charges of Breaking and Entering, Theft, Receiving Stolen Property, Vandalism, Resisting Arrest, and Escape.
A bench warrant for Failure to Comply was issued to McDonald by the Meigs County Common Pleas Court for failure to comply with house arrest by cutting off his ankle monitor.
Meigs County Sheriff's deputies say between the night of May 23 and the morning of May 24th, McDonald, with the assistance of Angel N Welsh, 29, of Rutland, Ohio, broke into the Fox's Pizza Den in Rutland, Ohio and stole money from the cash register and other areas of the business.
Investigators say Welsh was a former restaurant employee who was fired before the break-in.
Welsh was arrested on May 25 and charged with Complicity to Breaking and Entering and Complicity to Theft.
ORIGINAL STORY: 5/29/2018
The Meigs County Sheriff's Office has arrested one person and is looking for a second person facing charges in a restaurant break-in last week.
Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says the break-in and robbery happened between the night of Wednesday, May 23rd and the morning of Thursday, May 24th at Fox’s Pizza Den in Rutland, Ohio.
Surveillance video at the scene showed a man entering the store wearing black boots, blue jeans, a Harley Davidson hooded sweatshirt, gloves, and a bandana partially covering his face.
The man was seen on video stealing money from the cash register and other areas inside the business.
The video led deputies to develop two persons of interest in the case: Harley E. McDonald, 36, of Rutland, Ohio, and Angel N Welsh, 29, of Rutland, Ohio, who was a recently-fired employee of the Fox's Pizza store that had been broken into.
On Friday, May 25th, 2018 deputies along with Task Force Agents, and the Meigs County Common Pleas Court Probation Department, tried to find the two persons of interest at the home of John Partlow on Shepard Road in Rutland.
When the officers arrived at the home, they saw Welsh and McDonald on the property and told them to stay where they were.
Welsh obeyed the officers and stayed at the home, but McDonald ran away through the woods and officers were not able to capture him.
Agents arrested Welsh and found a vehicle on the property containing narcotics, an undisclosed amount of cash and coins still rolled in coin rollers, and the gloves worn by McDonald during the break-in.
Deputies spoke with the home owner, John Partlow, who gave deputies permission to search his residence, and turned over a Harley Davidson hooded sweat shirt that deputies discovered was worn by McDonald in the surveillance video during the break-in at Fox’s Pizza.
Welsh was arrested and charged with Complicity to Breaking and Entering and Complicity to Theft, in connection with the crimes at Fox’s Pizza.
Deputies are trying to find Harley E. McDonald, 36 of Rutland, who faces felony charges of Breaking and Entering and Theft.
If you have any information on this case or where Harley E. McDonald might be, you can contact the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office at 740-992-3371 or the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Tip Line at 740-992-4682.
The Major Crimes Task Force of Gallia-Meigs is a state task force under the jurisdiction the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission, which is part of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
The task force was formed in September 2013 and consists of the Meigs and Gallia County Sheriff’s Offices, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Middleport Police Department, the Gallipolis Police Department and both the Meigs and Gallia County Prosecutor’s Offices.