Burglary suspects indicted


By Glenn Battishill

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A Columbus trio accused of a series of burglaries in Delaware County was indicted by a Delaware County grand jury Friday on charges of theft and burglary.

Joshua E. Devoe, 29, Beau K. Lutz, 26, and Kristin N. Clifford, 24, were each charged with two counts of burglary, which are second-degree felonies; and two counts of theft — one of which is a fifth-degree felony, the other a first-degree misdemeanor.

Arraignments for the accused have not yet been scheduled in Delaware County Common Pleas Court.

The trio was arrested June 24 in connection with several burglaries in recent weeks.

The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said it was still investigating how many burglaries they believe the trio is responsible for.

Police scanner traffic June 24 indicated that police were tracking a white Honda Accord with individuals they suspected were burglars. Police were hoping to catch the suspected burglars in the act, according to scanner traffic.

At about 3 p.m., deputies pulled over a vehicle as it left the scene of a burglarized home on 3 Bs & K Road in Berkshire Township.

Lutz and Clifford remained in the car when it was pulled over but Devoe attempted to flee on foot. He surrendered when he saw police dogs, deputies report.

Several homes are believed to have been burglarized by the individuals in a white Accord, according to authorities. Authorities said the suspects would go to homes during the day and steal items.

Deputies said one of the occupants of the car would go to a home and tell the resident a lie about being directed to the home by GPS, or lie and say they were looking for someone.

The trio is currently in the Delaware County Jail.

The trio appeared in Delaware Municipal Court July 2 and was arraigned by Judge Marianne Hemmeter. All three pleaded not guilty. Their bonds were set at $7,500 each.

Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.

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