Meigs burglars captured; two remain in custody

By Lindsay Kriz -

Joshua Pauley

Joshua Pauley

Aubrey Williamson

Matthew E. Johnson

POMEROY — The three people suspected of being involved in a recent string of Meigs County burglaries have all been apprehended.

According to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Aubrey Williamson, 23, of Southside, W.Va., was arrested at a Parkersburg residence by Parkersburg police on Oct. 7. She was arrested on the burglary charge in Meigs County and is being held at the North Central Regional Jail, with pending extradition to Ohio.

Joshua Pauley, of New Haven, W.Va., was apprehended Oct. 12 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., also on a warrant from Meigs County for burglary. Sheriff Keith Wood said his office is waiting on information from South Carolina on Pauley’s extradition.

Detainers have been placed on both Williamson and Pauley.

Matthew E. Johnson, of Bidwell, Ohio, turned himself into the sheriff’s office for his outstanding warrant. He was interviewed and released after being given a court date.

Wood said he commended all those involved in the case, including law enforcement agencies and residents who called in with information.

Warrants were issued after burglaries were reported in and around Tuppers Plains, Racine and Chester between Aug. 25 and Sept. 24, according to the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office.

Items frequently taken from homes included jewelry, weapons and money. Wood said many of the stolen items have since been recovered, with contact made with the victims so that they could properly identify the items, including jewelry that was sold to area Cashland outlets and pawn shops in the Parkersburg area.

Witnesses frequently said they witnessed a blonde-haired female driving a silver Pontiac Grand Am or Pontiac Grand Prix. The vehicle was later specifically identified as Pauley’s silver four-door 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT with West Virginia license plate number 1KC602.

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By Lindsay Kriz