by Brown County Crime Reporter, Oct 30, 2015
Police agencies in Brown, Clermont and Clinton counties have brought an area burglary ring to an end with the arrest of two husband-and-wife couples.
According to detectives, the ring is behind at least 33 burglaries in those three counties. They remain suspects in additional burglaries, including several in Highland County.
The ringleader, Jeffery Carlier, age 52, is allegedly responsible for at least 32 burglaries: 22 in Clermont County, seven in Brown County, and three in Clinton County, according to detectives. Records filed in Brown County Municipal Court indicate he has admitted to at least some of the burglaries.
Jeffery Carlier has been indicted on second-degree felony burglary, third-degree felony grand theft, fourth-degree felony safecracking, and fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools in Clermont County. Brown and Clinton County have not yet indicted any of the ring members.
Court records allege Carlier was identified as a suspect after Coins Plus in Beechmont provided the Brown County Sheriff’s Office with video of him, alongside co-defendant Brian Crank, selling coins and jewelry from a burglary in Perry Township, Brown County.
His wife, Sherry Carlier, age 47, was booked into the Clermont County Jail before noon on Friday morning, Oct 30 after that county’s grand jury indicted her on third-degree felony tampering with evidence for her role in the burglary ring, according to online jail records.
Brian Crank, age 32, has been indicted in Clermont County for second-degree felony burglary, third-degree felony grand theft, fourth-degree felony safecracking, and fifth-degree felony possession of criminal tools.
His wife, Jessica Crank, age 28, also faces a charge of second-degree felony burglary for her role in breaking into a home on Hess Road in Brown County.
Brian and Jessica Crank were arrested on Tuesday, Oct 27 after allegedly being assaulted by two men, including one who currently lives at the Hess Road address, Todd Cook, age 40.
Brown County Communications Center received a 911 call saying Doug Watson and Todd Cook allegedly arrived at Brian and Jessica Crank’s home and repeatedly kicked Brian Crank in the ribs. The 911 caller believed his ribs may have been broken.
A probable cause affidavit filed against Watson and Cook said Brian Crank’s injuries were considered severe. Jessica Crank received minor injuries to her face in the attack, according to the affidavit.
The editor of Brown County Crime Reporter observed a crime scene unit collecting evidence from the Crank’s residence on Crawford-Day Rd, near Mt. Orab, the day following the assault.
The Clermont County indictments suggest the burglary ring had been allegedly operating there since at least as early as May 2015.
–Brown County Crime Reporter
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