Colerain Township police: Father and daughter burglary suspects are part of multi-state ring
Jay Warren, Jay.Warren@wcpo.com , Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
10:40 PM, Feb 6, 2013
9:49 PM, Feb 7, 2013
COLERAIN TWP., Ohio - Two burglary suspects caught in Colerain Township, Tuesday are father and daughter, and investigators say they were involved in a multi-state crime spree.
According to a Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman, top brass with the Sheriff's Office met this morning to review details of the investigation.
Those details point to a multi-year, multi-jurisdictional and multi-state crime spree.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will hold a press conference Friday morning to outline the details of the case.
Meanwhile, it was footprints in the snow which helped police track down the pair of suspects in multiple burglary cases in and around Colerain Township over the past few years.
Police arrested Robert Cunningham and Joshalyn Rutherford Tuesday evening and charged them with six counts of attempted burglary. Colerain Township police believe they are responsible for several other burglaries since 2009 in both Hamilton and Butler counties, but charges in those cases have not yet been filed.
Also, police are investigating whether a third suspect drove the getaway car.
According to Colerain Township police, officers spotted the suspects running away from the scene of an attempted robbery on Summer Crest Drive. The snow on the ground helped police track them into the woods in a nearby area. In all, the foot pursuit lasted about 20 minutes and involved two helicopters before the suspects were apprehended near the intersection of Blue Rock and Blue Rock Hill roads.
The snow also helped officers retrace the steps of the would-be burglars, leading police to five crime scenes.
"With the snow on the ground, we could tell exactly where they had been," said Officer Joe Carter of the Colerain Township Police Department. "And what they had been doing was walking up to houses looking into the back of the house, attempting to gain entry to the one they want to go inside."
Both Cunningham and Rutherford are being held in the Hamilton County Justice Center.