GALLIPOLIS — A man wanted for robbing a local Amish store at gunpoint nearly two years ago recently appeared in the Common Pleas Court of Gallia County this past week to face armed robbery charges.
Zebulun S. Lane, 34, of Huntington, formerly of Portsmouth, recently appeared before Common Pleas Judge D. Dean Evans and pleaded not guilty to one count of robbery, a second degree felony — a charge with a gun specification.
According to the report filed with the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to Yoder Lumber, located in Walnut Township, at approximately 7 a.m. on May 14, 2012, after receiving a call of an alleged armed robbery.
Upon arrival, the victim reported that two males, one a thin, white male and the other a tall, black male wearing hoodies, had robbed him as one of the men wielded a large revolver. The men reportedly got away with a brief case containing checks written out by the business for deposit, as well as a approximately $200 in cash and a handgun of an unknown make or model.
The men reportedly fled north on Ohio 775 in a small, four-door, black car with no license plates.
While in route, deputies reportedly took various routes to the location to intercept the vehicle, but had no luck.
An indictment in this case was later filed against Lane on Sept. 12, 2013, following a lengthy investigation into this case and a warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrest.
The indictment specifies that Lane, on May 14, 2012, in “attempting or committing a theft offense, or in fleeing immediately after the attempt or offense, did have a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance on or about his person or under his control.”
According to court documents, Lane was arrested on this warrant on indictment until earlier this month.
During his arraignment hearing this past week, Lane appeared with his retained counsel William Conley and pleaded not guilty to the charge against him. A $20,000, own-recognizance bond, with an additional bond of $1,500, 10 percent secured was set in this case and Lane was later released from the Gallia County Jail.
Lane is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 24 in relation to this case. A negotiated plea agreement may be filed with the clerk of courts by July 25 and a jury trial has been set for Aug. 26.
No information on the other alleged assailant described by the victim in this case has been made available.