The man charged in connection with a break-in and theft of money last summer at Rowdy's Smokehouse in Jackson now finds himself in state prison and his conviction can be attributed in part to tattoos, the power of Facebook and effective police work.
Jeremy S. Myers, 31, of 696 Pattonsville Road, Jackson, offered pleas and was then sentenced by Judge Christopher Regan in a hearing conducted Nov. 8 in Jackson County Common Pleas Court. Myers had been charged in two separate indictments in connection with a break-in at Rowdy's Smokehouse during the overnight hours of July 27-28.
Judge Regan sentenced Myers to 12 months in prison on a 5th-degree felony charge of Breaking and Entering from the initial indictment and six months on a 5th-degree felony charge of Theft, with the terms to be served consecutively for a total prison terms of 18 months. Two charges of Safecracking, one in each indictment, were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Jackson Police, which conducted the investigation, reported that a forcible entry was made sometime after the restaurant closed on Thursday night, July 27 and before employees arrived the following Friday morning. Entry was made by breaking a window on the east side of the building. Police stated that an undetermined amount of cash was taken and that the investigation is continuing.
Rowdy's Smokehouse owner/operator Nathan Kitts posted a surveillance video clip of the alleged thief inside the restaurant on his personal Facebook page and asked the public's help in identifying him and also offered a $500 reward. Reportedly, there was quite a bit of response which aided the subsequent investigation. Initial charges were filed Aug. 28 against Myers in Jackson County Municipal Court.
The suspect seen on the surveillance videotape was disguised, but a Jackson Police Department investigator testified in a Sept. 5 preliminary hearing that Myers' distinctive tattoos matched those of the suspect.
In the plea/sentencing hearing, the state was represented by Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Justin Lovett and Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Pat Story while Myers was represented by public defender Gene Meadows.