Kentucky man arrested after a Franklin Furance crime spree

August 2, 2013

Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

A Kentucky man has been arrested after a Franklin Furnace crime spree. James W. Woodel, 22, of Greenup, Ky. has been charged with four counts of burglary, a second degree felony.

Scioto County Sheriff Marty V. Donini said his office received calls from four Franklin Furnace residents on July 26, 27, 29, saying they had returned home and that somebody had broken into their residence using force and while inside had taken several items, including jewelry, electronics and guns.

Donini said his deputies responded and took reports that were forwarded to a detective for an investigation. Donini said during one of these burglaries a 9-year-old child was in the home alone and talked to the suspect inside his residence and watched him remove items from the house.

Donini said detectives have been actively working on those burglaries with the assistance of the Russell Kentucky Police Department and the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office. With their help they were able to locate several of the items at pawn shops in Ashland, Ky.

Donini said, on Thursday, the Green Township detective along with the Green Township Community Policing Deputy David Fairchild responded to Kentucky, and with the assistance of the Greenup County Sheriff’s Office they were able locate the suspect which resulted in his coming to Ohio for an interview which later resulted in his arrest.

Donini said it is an ongoing investigation which will result in other suspects being charged and more charges being presented to the Scioto County grand jury at a later date.

Woodel was being held on a $300,000 bond. Donini said anyone with any information concerning these burglaries can contact detective Jodi Conkel at 740-351-1091.

Frank Lewis can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or flewis@civitasmedia.com.