A suspect arrested Sunday in connection with the Jan. 15 breaking and entering of Smitty's Pizza in Reno is now a suspect in other breaking and enterings, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Jared Wayne Philpot, 39, of 1005 Third St., Marietta, was arrested at his residence Sunday for the breaking and entering at the pizza shop after an anonymous caller identified the suspect from surveillance photos shown in local media.
"There were seven surveillance cameras. We reviewed them all and aired his photos. Within 24 hours we received a call from someone who thought they knew who the suspect was," said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks.
A search warrant was obtained for Philpot's residence where investigators found evidence linking Philpot to the Smitty's incident as well as to other breaking and enterings in the Marietta and Cincinnati areas, including a possible recent break-in at Ketel 1 TeamWear on Putnam Street.
"Also the car he was driving matched the vehicle from surveillance photos," Mincks said.
That vehicle, a black 2005 Hyundai Sonota, was found at Philpot's residence and a search of the car uncovered a black toboggan, black gloves and a pry bar, all items observed in the suspect's possession in the surveillance photos.
According to Smitty's owner, no money was missing from the premises following the breaking and entering, but nearly $350 in damage was done to a door into the facility.
Mincks said Philpot is on parole related to breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and receiving stolen property, and was being supervised by Marietta's Adult Parole Authority who assisted in the investigation. His past crimes mostly took place in Florida and Cincinnati.
Marietta police and other agencies are also reviewing the evidence collected, and more charges are possible, Mincks said.
The sheriff added that Philpot's past criminal history includes carrying a concealed weapon; resisting arrest; obstruction of justice; trafficking in dangerous drugs; aggravated robbery; burglary; assault; flight to avoid prosecution; and domestic violence upon a pregnant female.
Philpot is currently being held without bond in the Washington County Jail pending a hearing in Marietta Municipal Court today.