A Valentine’s Day raid at a Whitehall home resulted in the recovery of multiple stolen guns and the arrest of an 18-year-old and four juveniles authorities believe to be responsible for a multi-week crime spree.
The raid occurred at a home on the 200 block of Midcliff Drive after a passerby reported a possible stolen vehicle being driven in the area.
The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot from narcotics detectives, Whitehall police said.
The vehicle, which was recovered, had been reported stolen from Reynoldsburg on Feb. 5.
The people who fled from the vehicle were located at the Midcliff Drive residence.
Inside the home, detectives found four guns, three of which had been reported stolen from the Smokin’ Aces Armory in Plain City on Feb. 7. That robbery had occurred after a vehicle had been driven through the side of the business.
Police were able to recover that vehicle, which had been reported stolen from a business in Whitehall on Jan. 24, after the search of the Midcliff Drive address.
Police arrested five of the seven people inside the Midcliff Drive home, including 18-year-old Chavez Grier and four juveniles, who were not immediately identified.
Whitehall police said they believe Grier and the juveniles had been involved in a home invasion and burglary in Reynoldsburg immediately before the passerby had called to report the stolen vehicle.
Grier and the four juveniles were each charged with four counts of receiving stolen property and four counts of illegally possessing a firearm, with other charges likely.
Grier pleaded guilty to a felony count of robbery on Feb. 5, according to Franklin County court records. That case involved an April 2017 armed robbery that occurred when Grier was 16 and he was charged as an adult. Grier had been out on bond and is set to be sentenced on that case in April.
Grier is being held in the Franklin County jail in lieu of a $25,000 bond in the most recent cases, which will be presented to a grand jury in the coming weeks.
ThisWeek staff writer Kevin Corvo contributed to this story.