Meriwether County Sheriff Chuck Smith reported that the criminal investigation division has solved two recent burglaries that resulted in the recovery of over $1,200.00 worth of stolen property. Subsequent drug charges were filed in relation to the arrest of a male and a female perpetrator.
“On and between October 22nd, 2017 and November 20th, 2017 two residential burglaries were committed in the 400 block of Wilson Road, Luthersville, Ga. Our case investigator on these burglaries began pursuing leads and interviewing potential suspects and witnesses in the case. Through the course of the investigation enough probable cause was established for the execution of a search warrant on a residence located in the 800 block of Wilson Road. The search resulted in our investigator locating stolen property that came from the reported burglaries. Investigative units also located methamphetamines from the residence as well. Further interviews with additional witnesses and the suspects in this case resulted in the recovery of additional stolen property from various locations. Our personnel recovered over $1,200.00 in stolen property. Some of this stolen property had been gifted wrapped by the suspects with name tags attached to be given as Christmas gifts.” Sheriff Smith said.
“Our investigation has resulted in the arrest of two perpetrators in these two burglary investigations. Joel Carter Ruff, W/M, 42 years of age, of Wilson Road, Luthersville, Ga. has been charged with two counts of Burglary in the 1st Degree, one count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamines and Violation of Probation. Karen Jessica Chipman, W/F, 36 years of age, of Wilson Road, Luthersville, Ga. has been charged with two counts of Burglary in the 1st Degree and one count of V.G.C.S.A. Possession of Methamphetamines. Both are being held in the Meriwether County Jail without bond. Our lead investigator did an outstanding job in tracking down what information he had to bring these investigations to a successful conclusion. He was assisted by our patrol and narcotics division during the case.” Sheriff Chuck Smith stated.