A Ross County man is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail, charged in connection with several residential burglaries that were occurring in the southern portion of Fayette County.
According to Sheriff Vernon Stanforth, detectives from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene of a residential burglary on Bonner Road in southeast Fayette County on December 19, 2013 for processing of the crime scene. During this processing, latent fingerprints were discovered, presumably left by the suspect(s). The latent fingerprint samples were submitted to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation for analysis.
In late February, 2014 detectives received notification that a suspect had been identified from the latent fingerprints submitted from the Bonner Road burglary.
38-year-old Rodney Simpson of Chillicothe has been identified as the suspect and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Simpson was arrested in Ross County on February 25, 2014 and transported back to Fayette County. Simpson was interviewed by detectives and subsequently confessed to multiple burglaries in Fayette County, Ross County, and Pickaway County. Simpson made positive identification of the residences that he burglarized to sheriff’s detectives from Fayette County.
The case was presented to a Fayette County Grand Jury and the jury returned a 23 count indictment on Simpson, including 14 counts of Burglary, eight counts of Theft, and one count of Breaking & Entering. Simpson is currently being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $100,000 bond.