UPDATE; Neighbors go Viral in Fighting Back Against Burglaries

By: Andrew Colegrove, Randy Yohe Email
By: Andrew Colegrove, Randy Yohe Email

UPDATE 10/19/12 @ 8:45 p.m.
CHESAPEAKE, Oh (WSAZ) -- There’s a neighborhood crime alert - that's going viral on social media.
WSAZ.com found out some now connected neighbors have a warning for the thieves plaguing their homes.
It's time to hit the delete button.

A Group met at the local McDonalds, some were friends, some strangers.
All had two things in common; they live up Big Branch in Chesapeake, Ohio - and they were all burglarized.

Three weeks ago we told you about the Big Branch theft spree that included 4 wheelers, anything in a garage or outbuilding- a goat - and it hasn't let up.
Burglary victim Jackie Dingess tells us; “these guys are slick,
They scope the area out, and know when you are home or away.”

Ginger explains that when someone was trying to break in her home, she called neighbor Stephanie, and the two women exercised their second amendment right to bear arms.
Ginger Plumley says; “I got out my ball bat,
Stephanie went out and turned on her car alarm and got her shotgun and called 911,
We're tired of it and are taking back our neighborhood.”

Some people posted the stolen items on the facebook tri-state-picker site.
That networked into a Big Branch social media coalition of crime victims - now fed up and fighting back.”
Stephanie Genesero says; “we found out the same thing is happening
Across state lines, in Cabell, Wayne and Mason counties”.

Jackie Dingess added: “there's supposed to be a warrant for an arrest, and supposedly this guy is hiding out.”
And these fed up folks say - thieves - it's only a matter of time before you’re caught - or worse.

The new social media anti-crime coalition tells us police are investigating several members in a group of likely pill-popping or pill-selling burglars



CHESAPEAKE, Ohio (WSAZ) – In a string of thefts on one road, neighbors say thieves have gotten their goat, literally.

"What kind of person breaks into a barn and steals someone's farm animal?” Zach Dingus said. “I have no clue."

Goats, lawnmowers, tires, a car, and DVDs are among the items reported stolen on Big Branch Road in Chesapeake, Ohio.

"Everyone around here is getting robbed left and right,” Jacquie Dingus said, “inside their home, outside their home, day or night."

Jacquie just installed a home security system after someone got away with 4 thousand dollars worth of stuff from her home, including her husband's ATV.

"I haven't been able to sleep since," she said. "I hear every little noise. I never used to be afraid."

Sunday night at the Equine Medical Center and Randolph Stables just off Big Branch, employees say thieves got away with a car, weed eaters, and a trailer.

They're now putting in a new security system as well.


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