|Four people have been arrested in connection to a rash of burglaries this weekend in Chillicothe. Zachary Laffey, 17, Larry Hooper III, 17, Jonathan Stanfield, 17, and a 15-year-old juvenile confessed to breaking into at least one hundred vehicles in the overnight hours between Saturday and Sunday. Bond for each suspect has been set at $25,000.
Press Release from the Chillicothe Police Department
On Sunday morning, 06/17/2012, the Chillicothe Police Department began getting calls from citizens reporting that their vehicles had been broken into over the period of Saturday evening (06/16/2012) to Sunday morning (06/17/2012). The citizens reported that someone unknown to them had entered into their unlocked vehicles and items were missing.
Chillicothe Police Officers started the investigation and quickly developed leads to identify the suspects of these crimes.
As a result of this investigation, 4 suspects were contacted and later confessed to entering approximately 100 vehicles during this time period.
Arrested were Zachary Laffey age 17, Larry Hooper III age 17 , Jonathan Stanfield age 17 and a 15 year old juvenile. All suspects were from the Chillicothe area.
Some of the property that was stolen was recovered and its owners have not been identified.
As of this news release, approximately 15 victims have notified the Police Department of their vehicles being broken into.
The Chillicothe Police Department are asking that if you feel your vehicle was broken into during this time period and you are missing items, please contact us for a report to be filed and to possibly identify your property.
The suspects were able to enter into this large number of vehicles by doing what is known as “carhopping”. This is a common term or slang word that is best described as walking around and checking door handles to see if the car is locked, if the car is unlocked, the suspects will open the door and search your car for valuables.
This type of crime can greatly be controlled by simply locking your vehicles doors when you park your car. This type of crime can and does occur at all hours of the day and night.
If you’re a victim, please contact the Chillicothe Police Department at 1-660-646-2121. We will have an officer contact you and file the necessary report.