Grand jury: Alleged armed robber indicted

A pair of area men who allegedly stole tens of thousands of dollars while breaking into area businesses and two Belpre men accused of plotting and committing an armed robbery at a Subway restaurant were among those indicted this week by a Washington County grand jury.

Michael E. Jazdzewski, 26, formerly of Lower Salem, was indicted on 26 charges related to thefts at several area businesses, which occurred between December 2011 and August 2012.

His brother-in-law, Kristopher Cline, 38, of 14990 State Route 60, Lowell, was also indicted on eight counts related to the thefts.

“They would typically just bust in a door or go in through the roof and look for the safe-bust into it there or carry it out if it wasn’t too heavy,” said Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.

Jazdzewski was caught after allegedly committing a break-in at the Family Dollar in Coolville in August 2012 and was taken to prison in Wisconsin to serve time on a parole violation.

“It looked like they like Family Dollars,” said Schneider. “They hit those in Lowell and Beverly as well as several pizza places in Devola and Beverly.”

The pair are also accused of breaking into the Moose Lodge on Front Street and Tractor Supply on Pike Street in Marietta, where Cline fell through the roof and broke through the front glass doors to exit before police arrived, said Schneider.

The pair were charged for breaking and enterings and thefts that occurred in Washington and Noble counties but could also face charges in multiple other counties.

“We were told by informants that Jazdzewski and Cline did similar things in Canton, Akron and Cambridge,” Schneider said. “We’re still waiting to get police reports and have sent all our information to those counties.”

The pair stole more than $10,000 from one Marietta business and got around $3,000 from a couple others. Usually they made off with less than $500, said Schneider.

Jazdzewski was charged with 21 felonies and five misdemeanors, including a second-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a fourth-degree felony count of theft, 14 fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering, five fifth-degree felony counts of theft and five first-degree misdemeanor counts of theft.

Cline was indicted on a second-degree felony count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, four fifth-degree felony counts of breaking and entering, two fifth-degree felony counts of theft and a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft.

Other grand jury indictments included:

Jason Stewart, 21, of 809 Morgan Ave., Belpre, was indicted on a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery and a third-degree felony count of robbery for allegedly robbing the Belpre Subway restaurant at gunpoint on Nov. 11.

“On Veterans Day, a masked man walked into Subway and ordered a small quantity of food and when the employee opened the drawer he set a gun on the counter and said ‘Give me all the money in the drawer,'” said Washington County Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings.

Stewart then demanded the money from a cashbox under the counter before escaping on foot.

With the assistance of a bloodhound from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Belpre Police officers were able to follow Stewart’s trail.

They found a backpack full of clothes, a handgun and the cashbox discarded near CSX tracks at Rockland Avenue.

An undisclosed amount of cash taken from Subway was recovered, said Rings.

Austin Stacy, 29, of 810 Morgan Ave., was also indicted in connection to the Subway robbery. Stacy was indicted on a first-degree felony count of complicity to aggravated robbery and a third-degree felony count of complicity to robbery. Stacy reportedly provided Stewart with the gun, said Rings.

“He supplied the gun well aware that Mr. Stewart was going to use the gun in a robbery. We also believe he assisted in the getaway, providing clothes for Stewart to change into,” he said.

Shawn D. Souther, 39, of 8615 State Route 821, Lower Salem was indicted on a third-degree felony count of forgery and a third-degree felony count of theft.

Souther’s mother and father-in-law were acting as guardians and caregivers for a 92-year-old woman in Lower Salem. When an accountant realized that strange checks were being cashed in the woman’s name, the checks were traced back to Souther. He allegedly cashed around 50 checks in May, June, and August, stealing around $34,000 from the elderly woman.

John M. Foster, 36, of 119 North Hart St., Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of theft. Foster had been a manager at East of Chicago Pizza in Marietta. Between December 2010 and October 2013, he allegedly pocketed extra cash, slowly stealing around $9,000 over time.

Miles Elliot, 19, of 1882 Masonic Park Road, Marietta, was indicted on a first-degree misdemeanor count of criminal mischief and a fourth-degree misdemeanor count of criminal trespass. Elliot is one of two individuals accused of stealing the “Spirit Rock” from Marietta High School, hitching it to a truck, and dragging it along seven miles of roadway before leaving it in a Muskingum Township driveway.

The other individual implicated in the crime, Kyle A. Daugherty, 19, of 410 Franklin St. will likely be indicted in relation to the crime at a later date, said Rings.

Rick A. Meitzen Jr., 32, and Cody A. Peters, 28, both of 1264 12th St., Weston, W.Va., were each indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. The pair reportedly traveled to Marietta on May 14, stopping along the way and stealing multiple items from Walmart stores in St. Clairesville and Cambridge before allegedly trying to wheel cartloads of unpaid merchandise out the door of the Marietta Walmart. Charged separately the thefts would have been misdemeanors at each location. However, because they happened in one day and to one victim they were combined into a felony offense, said Schneider.

Amy D. Bickham, 39, of 812 Phillips St., Marietta, was indicted on a third-degree felony count of obstructing justice. On March 26, Bickham was reportedly found to be hiding her boyfriend at her home despite being previously warned by deputies that he was wanted on a warrant and harboring him was illegal.

Denver R. Goff Jr., 42, of 50 State Route 339, Belpre, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of domestic violence. Goff was camping with his wife on June 8 when an altercation reportedly escalated into Goff choking and threatening to kill his wife. A prior domestic violence charge meant this offense was elevated to a felony.

Tyler W. Ahrens, 19, of 631 N. Seventh St., Marietta, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of domestic violence. Ahrens is accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.

Brent A. Dunn, 29, of 85 Dunn Lane, New Matamoras, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of assault. Dunn reportedly threatened a police officer with an ax handle during the execution of a search warrant Oct. 24.

Randall R. Cline III, 21, of 600 Reed St., Parkersburg, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft. On Sept. 25, Cline reportedly entered the back room at Family Dollar and stole a wallet belonging to an employee. There was no money in he wallet, but the presence of credit cards elevated the theft to a felony.

Eric G. Sciance, 19, of 114 Sunset Drive, Marietta, was indicted on a fourth-degree felony count of receiving stolen property. Sciance is accused of taking a motor vehicle from Parkersburg and ditching it in Washington County sometime between Oct. 13 and 14.

Paula L. McCarty, 44, and Douglas G. Snider Sr., 60, both of 164 Oak Drive, Little Hocking, were each indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of theft and a first-degree misdemeanor count of theft. The pair are accused of stealing $1,000 from one neighbor and $500 from another in the spring. The pair reportedly promised tree trimming services in exchange for the cash but never returned to perform the promised service.

Nicholas B. Matthews, 30, of Route 1 Box 196, New Matamoras, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. During a traffic stop in New Matamoras, a search of Matthews’ vehicle yielded a pill bottle. Most of the pills in the bottle were for a prescription belonging to Matthews. However, two pills were reportedly amphetamine pills for which Matthews had no prescription.

Joseph J. Haught, 55, of 311 Main St., New Matamoras, was indicted on a fifth-degree felony count of possession of drugs. Haught was stopped in New Matamoras Oct. 5 while walking on school property at 2 a.m. Recognizing Haught was on probation and noticing he appeared drunk, the officer contacted his probation officer. Conducting a pat down prior to sending Haught to jail, the officer reportedly found 12 hydrocodone pills.