On May 31, 2022, shortly before noon the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office was made aware that the US Rte. 23 access gates had been demolished and it appeared someone ran through it.
Detectives began going through video footage and found that on May 31, 2022, a dark blue Honda CRV drove through the gate at approximately 6:54 AM. The male subject got out of the vehicle and moved the broken gate the rest of the way and sped off.
The subject in the video was identified as 36-year-old Christopher T. Tanner out of Circleville, Ohio by a Corrections Sergeant who was assisting in the investigation.
Detectives and Patrol Deputies went to Mr. Tanner’s last known address and located the blue Honda CRV and Christopher Tanner.
It was also discovered that a little while after Christopher Tanner ran his vehicle through our gate he went to the Circleville Wal-Mart and stole a female’s cell phone. Christopher Tanner then turned the phone into EcoATM, where he received money for it. The phone was recovered by Deputies and returned to its owner.
Detectives interviewed Mr. Tanner on the scene where he admitted to driving through the access gate. Christopher Tanner also admitted to taking the phone and told Investigators where he sold it at.
Christopher Tanner was transported to the Pickaway County Jail where he was charged with Vandalism a Felony of the Fourth Degree, for running through the access gate.. Christopher Tanner was also charged with Theft a Misdemeanor of the First Degree, for the theft of the cell phone.
The “23 Access Gate” is a gate used by emergency personnel, in emergency situations only to get from the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office property to US Rte. 23.
Sheriff Matthew O. Hafey would like the thank all the divisions within the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office for their hard work and solving this crime so quickly.