Lewisburg man arrested for multiple burglaries


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



A Lewisburg man has been arrested by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department after his suspected role in a pair of break ins.

On June 24th, Deputy Ed Higgins of the Logan County Sheriff’s Department responded to a residential burglary in the Powell Place neighborhood after the owners of a residence returned home and found that their house had been broken into.

During Higgins’ initial investigation, it was discovered that an unknown individual had gotten inside and stolen several firearms and other items, according to a police report.

After further investigation, the report states that 39-year-old Matthew Ryan Roche of Lewisburg was identified as a suspect, which led deputies to focus their attention on Roche’s involvement.

During the one and a half month investigation, the sheriff’s department gathered more information about Roche’s role in the burglary, supporting his role as a suspect.

At one point during the investigation, the sheriff’s department arrested Roche at his residence at 2190 Peach Orchard Road in Lewisburg on unrelated charges.

After Roche’s arrest, multiple items of drug paraphernalia were found. A warrant was then issued for his probable involvement in the burglary and another search was conducted.

Roche was then arrested on Aug. 13 and charged with burglary first degree, two counts of theft of a firearm, theft by unlawful taking under $500 and criminal mischief. Detective Kevin Bibb is the investigating officer and was assisted by Deputy Kyler Harvey.

On July 31, Harvey responded to a residential burglary on Highland Lick Road after the owner returned home and found that someone had broken in.

During the investigation, it was found that an unknown individual had gained access to the residence and removed one firearm.

Roche was also identified as the suspect in this case because of his knowledge of the residence. He was then arrested for first degree burglary and first degree criminal mischief for that break in.

At this time, Roche is lodged in the Logan County Detention Center with a cash bond of $16,000. He is being investigated by an attempted burglary by the Russellville Police Department as well.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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