Two men were charged with theft and breaking and entering on Tuesday after a manhunt prompted the lockdown of eight schools in the Olentangy Local School District.
Anthony Smith, 18, and his uncle Dempsey Smith, 29, were arrested after the manhunt, which began at about 3 a.m., when a stolen vehicle was discovered at the Lazy Chameleon Bar and Grill, located at 4028 Presidential Pkwy., 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
While checking on the vehicle, the deputy discovered a hole had been dug through an exterior brick wall of the restaurant. Investigators said that they believed the deputy, who called for canine assistance, scared away the burglars before they could steal anything.
Jason Boyd, the manager at the Lazy Chameleon, said that he was shocked.
“They were going straight into the women’s restroom, where they were going from the women’s restroom, I don’t know,” Boyd said.
About five hours later, a homeowner called police to report two people who seemed to be trying to break open a cash register behind the Wedgewood Pub, located at 9890 Brewster Lane, Landers reported.
Investigators said that when they reported to the scene, they noticed a large hole in the wall of the building.
The owner of the restaurant confirmed that the discarded cash register parts found on the scene came from his business, Landers reported.
Investigators said that they found the men in a wooded area along Summit View Road, just south of the Franklin-Delaware County line, at about 10:30 a.m.
Dempsey Smith was released from jail three weeks ago for breaking and entering and has a long criminal history that includes breaking and entering, burglary and receiving stolen property, Landers reported.
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