Burglary suspects apprehended in Morrow County
By Randa Wagner -
Two Franklin County residents were arrested early Thursday morning after a burglary at a home on SR 314 north of CR 22.
Bobbie Tope, 32, of Columbus and Ronald Christian, Jr. of Columbus are being detained in the Morrow County Correctional Facility in connection with the burglary.
According to a report from the Morrow County Sheriff’s office, a Morrow County Sheriff’s deputy noticed a black sedan sitting on the roadside on SR 314 north of CR 22 about 3:01 a.m. Tope and her son were in the vehicle and she claimed the car broke down and her father was enroute to pick them up. Then she indicated she would try driving the car, but stopped again and said the car would not go and she would wait for her father. She was instructed by the officer not to drive the car, and the officer left the scene.
The officer was then notified by dispatch of a suspicious male leaving a garage (in the area the officer first located the car) and heading south on SR 314. The car was located trying to head north and the officer searched the car with the consent of Tope. Items typically taken in home burglaries were found, though Tope claimed they belonged to her. When the homeowners on SR 314 called saying their home was burglarized, the stolen items matched some of the car’s contents.
The identity of Christian was gained and he was apprehended by another officer while walking along SR 314. Christian and Tope were taken to the Morrow County Jail. They were interviewed along with the juvenile and their vehicle was towed from the scene.
Charges are pending and many of the items found in the vehicle are believed to have come from multiple locations and counties.