A 31-year-old Columbus man has been arrested in connection with several Tri-Village area burglaries earlier this year.

A 31-year-old Columbus man has been arrested in connection with several Tri-Village area burglaries earlier this year.

The Columbus Division of Police’s SWAT team arrested Shannon C. Herderick, 711 Chestershire Road, Columbus, without incident at 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

According to Upper Arlington detective Sgt. Jon Wilhelm, UA and Grandview Heights police have been working with personnel from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the CPD to obtain the information that led to Herderick’s whereabouts.

SWAT officers took Herderick into custody at a residence on West Broad Street in Columbus. The suspect was transported to the Franklin County Jail and charged with several counts of burglary and grant theft auto.

“We filed two warrants for two counts of aggravated burglary, and there was also a charge of grand theft, which would be a felony,” Wilhelm said.

Since early July, UA and Grandview Heights police divisions have been investigating a series of thefts from vehicles and burglaries that took place in both communities. Wilhelm said the FBI participated in the investigation since Herderick was also suspected in a couple of central Ohio bank robberies.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Herderick in Franklin County Municipal Court for Sept. 30. He is being held at the Franklin County Correctional Center under $1 million cash surety bond.

During the burglary and theft investigation, Herderick was linked to burglaries in the 2000 block of Lower Chelsea on Aug. 29, and the 1900 block of Elmwood Avenue on Aug. 31. In both cases, victims reported an un-identified person had entered their residences by removing the screen of an unlocked window and removed personal belongings including purses, wallets, money, keys and small electronics, according to Wilhelm.

“We’ve seen (Herderick’s) name before. He’s got a lengthy record,” Wilhelm said. “But in the same respect, I’m sure he’s not the only one out here conducting burglaries.

“It’s not a one-man show. We’ve probably made 20 arrests over the summer for people committing thefts from motor vehicles and other thefts.”

Between the beginning of July and Aug. 23 this year, UAPD recorded at least 53 counts of theft and burglary in Arlington alone. Many took place during the late evening and early morning hours, from unlocked vehicles and residences or from those with property left in plain sight.

“Most of these, from my personal knowledge, are people doing it for drugs,” Wilhelm said.

“Word has spread in the drug community that these (suburbs) are the places to go (to commit theft).”

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