Two people were arrested Friday by Madison County Sheriff’s deputies after an apparent chainsaw theft from a garage led to an auto chase that ended when the suspects’ vehicle reportedly ran out of gas.
According to sheriff’s reports, a West Jefferson homeowner contacted the sheriff’s office Friday evening to report two chainsaws being stolen from a garage on Scenic Drive. When Sgt. Bryan Huddleston was sent to check the scene, he found the three suspects still on the property on Haymarket Street according to the report.
Lt. Eric Semler, explained, “Jonathan Adams (one of the suspects) was over doing tree work off of Haymarket Street.” He said the three suspects were claiming to work for a local tree and lawn care company.
“Sergeant Huddleston could tell from the driver that something was going to happen, and next thing you know, the driver takes off,” Lt. Semler said. A pursuit started on Haymarket Street in West Jefferson but ended when the suspects’ vehicle ran out of gas 16 minutes later on Roberts Mill Road.
The car was then impounded and all three of the suspects, Adams, of Xenia, Tiffany Adams, of Springfield, and Travis Creachbaum, of Springfield, were taken in to be interviewed. On further investigation, it was alleged that Tiffany Adams had taken the chainsaws out of the garage, and Creachbaum was driving the car. Both Tiffany Adams and Travis Creachbaum were arrested while Jonathan Adams was released that night.
Semler also explained that, “We have not charged anything yet in Madison County. Travis Creachbaum has a burglary warrant out of Clark County and Tiffany Adams has a receiving stolen property warrant. Both individuals went to jail on those charges.”
Involved in the pursuit were three different agencies, including one car from West Jefferson Police Department, two cars from London, and a car from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. A grand jury is scheduled to convene July 12 to consider charges.
The main message the sheriff wanted to get out there is, when something doesn’t seem right, be sure to call in to the local sheriff’s department.
Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616.