The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office last week arrested two people believed to be involved in a number of burglaries in Pickerington and Violet and Liberty townships.

The Fairfield County Sheriff's Office last week arrested two people believed to be involved in a number of burglaries in Pickerington and Violet and Liberty townships.

On March 26, Fairfield County Sheriff's Deputy Stephanie Russell arrested two people suspected of burglarizing a Busey Road home and attempting to make off with electronic equipment, jewelry and cash.

Brandon White, 18, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty Monday morning in Fairfield County Common Pleas Court to a charge of felony burglary. He was released from the Fairfield County jail Monday afternoon on $10,000 bond.

If convicted of the burglary charge, he could face a maximum of eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Also arrested was a 17-year-old Reynoldsburg boy who was a passenger in the car. According to Fairfield County Sheriff Dave Phalen, the juvenile was returned to his parents on March 26, but is expected to be charged criminally in Fairfield County Juvenile Court.

"We anticipate there will be additional charges for these guys," Phalen said. "We think we're going to link them to several burglaries in that area."

Russell responded to a burglary report made by a Busey Road resident at 11:06 a.m. on Friday, March 26. The woman said she saw a silver car leaving her driveway moments after she determined a laptop computer, a Wii video-gaming system, jewelry and about $80 and cash were missing from her home.

According to the incident report, entry to the Busey Road home was gained by forcing open a window next to the garage.

A few minutes later, Russell stopped White's vehicle on Refugee Road after concluding it matched the description made by the burglary victim.

After the stop, the items reported stolen by the woman were found in the trunk, according to sheriff's department reports.

On March 8, Russell arrested Jamel J. Wood, 19, of Columbus and Isaiah J. Moore, 19, of Gahanna, in connection with the burglary of at least one home in the West Chester subdivision of Violet Township.

They are awaiting separate trials, currently slated for April 30, after pleading not guilty at arraignment.

Phalen attributed Russell's success in apprehending suspects to "being diligent, doing good work and being in the right place at the right time."

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