Pickaway County, Ohio (January 17, 2024) – Two individuals have been arrested on multiple charges following a series of break-ins and stolen vehicle reports in Walnut Creek Pike, Pickaway County.
On January 15th, a caller reported that two males wearing black hoodies broke into their vehicle and stole money. The caller’s husband pursued the suspects on foot southbound on Walnut Creek Pike, armed with a firearm.
Responding officers located a white Kia matching the description provided by the caller emerging from a field across the street. The vehicle displayed no headlights, and the occupants matched the suspects’ descriptions.
A felony stop was initiated, and the driver and passenger were detained at gunpoint pending the arrival of additional units. The driver, identified as Connor Ratcliff, was found to be armed with a stolen Glock 43X pistol. Additional money was also discovered on his person.
The passenger, identified as Spencer Daniels, admitted to participating in the thefts due to financial difficulties and needing to support two children. He claimed responsibility for stolen tools but denied involvement in firearm theft. Both suspects were read their Miranda rights.
A subsequent vehicle search yielded a significant amount of evidence, including:
- Multiple types of drugs found in various locations within the car
- Tools believed to be used in the break-ins
- Additional stolen tools
- Multiple firearms located in the trunk
Photos were taken of the evidence as found, and the vehicle was towed for further processing.
Both Ratcliff and Daniels were transported to the Pickaway County Jail and booked on charges of receiving stolen property, improper handling of a firearm, and breaking and entering.
“This swift apprehension showcases the collaborative efforts of our officers and their dedication to community safety,” stated a spokesperson for the Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office. “We encourage residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity immediately.”