Burglars get community control


Two Columbus residents have been sentenced to three years of community control in connection with a string of break-ins and thefts in Delaware County earlier this year.

Beau K. Lutz, 26, and Kristin N. Clifford, 24, were in Delaware County Common Pleas Court Monday morning to be sentenced for convictions of theft, a fifth-degree felony, and burglary, a third-degree felony.

Judge Everett Krueger sentenced both to three years of community control. Court documents indicate that the pair will have to pay restitution to the owners of the homes they entered.

Lutz and Clifford were arrested on June 24 — along with a third person, Joshua E. Devoe, 28, of Columbus — while authorities were investigating a series of burglaries in the county.

Prosecutors said during Devoe’s July 20 arraignment that deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were tracking the trio on June 24 as they drove onto several driveways in the area of 3 Bs & K Road in Berkshire Township. Assistant Prosecutor Mark Sleeper said deputies visited the homes after the trio left and found signs of forced entry and missing items.

The trio was then pulled over by deputies. Devoe attempted to flee on foot before seeing police dogs and surrendering to officers.

They were taken into custody and charged with burglary and theft. Sleeper said the items stolen on June 24 were recovered by authorities.

Devoe is scheduled to be sentenced for two counts of burglary, second-degree felonies, on Oct. 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Devoe is being held in the Delaware County Jail.


Delaware County burglars sentenced to community control

By Glenn Battishill

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

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