|By Dennis Brown
A Lewis County
man sought in connection with thefts in Batavia, Ohio, and Maysville was arrested in
Hawaii after being tracked down by officials.
Lewis County Sheriff Bill Lewis said Steve Savage of Vanceburg had initially been
sought in connection with the theft of rental equipment from Maysville Rental and Supply,
a jet ski and trailer from a resident of Batavia and a rental truck from Enterprise Rental
in Portsmouth, Ohio.
Lewis said the series of events began to unfold on January 4 when he was contacted by
Scotty Cooper of Trace Creek Road that someone had burned some items behind his home. (See
previous news story Property Recovery.)
On investigation, Lewis said, the burned item turned out to be a jet ski. A trailer for
the jet ski was left nearby. Other evidence was recovered at the scene including a pair of
gloves, some tire tracks in the snow and a reciprocal saw blade.
By tracing the jet ski registration number, Lewis discovered it was registered to
someone in the Cincinnati area.
The tire tracks were later determined to belong to a rental truck, allegedly rented by
Savage. While investigating, Lewis discovered that the rental truck had not been returned
at Portsmouth when it should have been. It was, however, returned in Phoenix, Arizona.
Lewis also discovered that Savage had reportedly
purchased an airline ticket to Honolulu, Hawaii, at about the same time the truck was
turned in at Phoenix.
Lewis said he was working with KSP Detective Brian Bowling on the case when on January
30 he received a tip that Savage's girlfriend, Angie Stamper of Vanceburg, was on her way
to Los Angeles, California, and had planned to fly from there to Honolulu on February 3 to
meet up with Savage.
When the plane landed at Honolulu International Airport, Savage was reportedly waiting
for her to arrive Airport officials detained Savage and he was lodged in Honolulu awaiting
an extradition hearing.
While Savage was arrested on the theft charges in connection with the rental equipment,
charges of receiving stolen property are pending in connection with the theft of the jet
ski and trailer.
Lewis said he will also seek persistent felony offender charges because of earlier
Lewis said information will be presented to the Lewis County Grand Jury on Friday
for possible indictments.