Whitehall Narcotics Unit search warrant helps solve several local crimes

(Photos courtesy of Whitehall Division of Police)

WHITEHALL, Ohio-- The Whitehall Police Department Narcotics Unit says it has solved multiple local crimes after issuing a search warrant.

The search warrant was issued for a residence at the 200 block of Midcliff Drive on Feb. 14, after a passerby alerted police of a vehicle they believed to have been stolen, according to police.

The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and were located by Whitehall narcotics detectives.

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Whitehall police say the vehicle was recovered and was reported stolen out of a burglary back on Feb. 5.

The residence was surrounded and searched by the Joint Eastside Tactical Response team. Police say they found seven people inside, arrested one adult, Chavez Grier, and four juveniles.

Detectives located four guns, three of which were reported stolen from Smokin' Aces Armory in Plain City on Feb. 7 after a vehicle drove through the side of the business. The vehicle used in that burglary was also recovered from this incident. It was stolen from a local Whitehall business on Jan. 24, according to Whitehall police.

Police say those five who were arrested had also just been involved in a home invasion and burglary in Reynoldburg.

All five suspects were arrested on charges of receiving stolen property. Charges of burglary and breaking and entering are still pending.

This investigation is ongoing.