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Suspected burglar Samuel Stacy was arrested by the Georgetown Police Department on Sept. 12

A suspect in an alleged Ripley-based burglary ring was finally apprehended on Sept. 12 in Georgetown.

Officers from the Georgetown Police Department and Brown County Sheriff’s Office arrested Samuel Stacy, 34, of Ripley, while he was allegedly making an escape from a residence on Home Street. The officers were responding to a 9-1-1 call about a stolen Playstation 4 game console from the residence.

Stacy was indicted by the Brown County Grand Jury on July 20 on 12 felony counts, including two counts of burglary, a second-degree felony, one count of grand theft with a firearm, a third-degree felony, two counts of theft, a fifth-degree felony, six counts of forgery, a fifth-degree felony, and one count of engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a first-degree felony. Stacey was also charged in Brown County Municipal Court with one count of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in the municipal court, Stacy was seen attempting to exit the residence through the bathroom window as officers arrived on the scene. The affidavit alleges that Stacy attempted to stall by pretending to use the bathroom. When Stacy allegedly finally opened the door, one of the officers addressed Stacy by his name, but Stacy claimed that it wasn’t his name. The officer arrested Stacy and another officer from the BCSO physically identified Stacy, but Stacy continued to deny it.

It wasn’t until Stacy was placed in the police cruiser and his face was coming up on the police database that he conceded, but not without adding a wisecrack that the person in the photograph in the police database was Stacy’s “twin brother.”

According to the affidavit, Stacy didn’t know about the missing Playstation 4, and he also claimed that a $250 pair of Nike shoes had been stolen from him.

According to court documents, on Sept. 14, Stacy was arraigned at the court of common pleas and held on $250,000 bond.

Stacey was charged along with Kenneth “BJ” Lunsford, sister Christina Stacy, and Brandon Lang in a suspected crime ring that committed various burglaries and thefts in Pleasant Township, the Village of Ripley, and Union Township, in Brown County.

The BCSO, who led the investigation into the burglaries along with the Ripley Police Department, stated that the burglaries were to help fund drug addiction for the quartet.

Stacy’s first pre-trial is Sept. 25.

So far, only Christina Stacy has pleaded guilty, reversing her original plea of not guilty to a plea of guilty on Sept. 11. She is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 5.

Lunsford is scheduled for sentencing on Nov. 6, while Lang has a pre-trial on Nov. 5.

All together, the quartet have been charged with 62 felony counts.

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By Daniel Karell

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