GALLIPOLIS — All five individuals arrested in connection with end-of-July break-ins at two local businesses have pleaded not guilty to felony charges relating to the case.
Charles E. Logan, 43, Galloway, Ohio; William Zinn, 29, Oak Hill; James H. Moore, 29, Middleport; Joseph Syrus, 32, Gallipolis; and Michael S. Henderson, 40, Gallipolis, have all be charged in connection with break-ins and theft of property at Baxter’s Harley Davidson and Bridgeport Equipment and Tool located in the Spring Valley area.
The businesses were entered and thousands of dollars worth of merchandise stolen during the early morning hours of July 31.
Deputies with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office were first made aware of the break-in at Baxter’s after a suspect, who was fleeing a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol on an orange Harley Davidson motorcycle, was apprehended near Lariat Drive located off of Jackson Pike.
Reportedly, in an attempt to escape officers, the suspect had left the motorcycle unattended in the Spring Valley area and fled on foot.
A sheriff’s office K-9 unit was called to the scene, and the suspect was tracked to a yard behind a residence on Lariat Drive. A K-9 officer with the Gallipolis Police Department was called in to assist, and the suspect was located, hiding in a boat behind the Lariat Drive residence.
Reportedly, the suspect was wearing Harley Davidson clothing, and, after being patted down, a large sum of money was removed from the suspect’s pocket.
The Harley shop, located at 1928 Jackson Pike, was then checked for activity, and it was found that the front door of the business had been breached with a rock.
Crime scene investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation were called to the scene to assist with the investigation and the owners of the Harley shop later arrived and confirmed that an 2012 orange Harley Davidson had been stolen from their business along with cash and several other items.
While investigating the break-in at the Harley Davidson dealership, deputies were alerted to a second break-in at nearby Bridgeport Equipment and Tool, located at 668 Pinecrest Drive.
According to the police report, the sales manager of the business had arrived for work early that morning and had found that the front door had been busted out and entry had been made into the building.
Employees with Bridgeport further advised that they had video of two suspects inside the store during the break-in that occurred early on the morning of July 31.
The several thousand dollars of property taken during the break-in from Bridgeport, including a safe, cash, several chainsaws, generators, clothing and other items, was later recovered by deputies.
Logan, who initially provided officers with a false name, and Zinn were identified as suspects and arrested following the initial investigation.
Both were later charged in the Gallipolis Municipal Court with breaking and entering, and their cases were bound over to the common pleas court where they were indicted by a grand jury.
During a hearing on Friday, Logan was charged with breaking into Bridgeport Equipment and Baxter’s Harley Davidson on July 31, both fifth degree felonies, and with the theft of $40,000 of personal property from the Harley shop and $30,000 of personal property from Bridgeport, both fourth degree felonies.
Additionally, Logan has been charged with the theft of a motor vehicle, a 2012 Harley Davidson motorcycle valued at $17,600.
The defendant’s bond has been set at $40,000, 10 percent. He is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail.
Zinn was also recently charged with breaking into Bridgeport and Baxter’s Harley Davidson on July 31 and with the theft of property valued at $40,000 from Baxter’s and $30,000 of property from Bridgeport.
His bond has been set at $30,000, 10 percent, in this case.
In a second 2012 case, Zinn has been charged with the June 17 burglary of Raccoon Township residence.
He is currently being held in the Gallia County Jail.
Also charged in relation to this case, James Moore pleaded not guilty to receiving stolen property on July 31 — property valued at more than $7,500 but less than $150,000, according to the indictment, and belonging to Bridgeport equipment.
Additionally, Moore has been charged with safecracking in relation to the break-in at Bridgeport, as well as tampering with evidence, after he reportedly disposed of the safe by pushing it over a guardrail.
Moore’s bond has been set at $40,000, 10 percent. He is also being held in the Gallia County Jail.
Joseph Syrus has been charged with receiving stolen property — a safe containing checks and cash and belonging to Bridgeport — as well as with aiding or abetting Charles Logan with the theft of a safe and aiding or abetting James Moore with safecracking.
Syrus bond was set at $30,000, own recognizance, with an additional $1,500, 10 percent bond. As a condition of his bond, the defendant was ordered to have no contact with the victims in this case.
Also charged in connection with the recent break-ins was Michael Henderson.
During his recent arraignment hearing, Henderson pleaded not guilty to two counts of receiving stolen property — property valued at $30,000 and belonging to Bridgeport Equipment and property belonging to Baxter’s Harley and valued at $40,000.
Additionally, Henderson has been charged with aiding or abetting Zinn in the theft of property from Baxter’s and Bridgeport Equipment on July 31.
He has also be charged with aiding or abetting Syrus with the theft of a safe containing checks and cash.
The defendant’s bond has been set at $40,000, own recognizance with an additional $1,500, 10 percent bond. As a condition of his bond, he has been ordered to have no contact with the victims and no contact with co-defendants Zinn or Syrus.