Two Jackson County residents charged in alleged break-in in Meigs County

Louneda Serls, 47, of Ripley, WV, and Joseph Rayhill, 31, of Kenna, WV, face charges after Meigs Co., Ohio Sheriff's deputies allegedly caught them breaking into a storage unit business in Portland, Ohio on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.
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MEIGS COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - Two Jackson County, West Virginia residents face charges after a Meigs County, Ohio Sheriff's deputy allegedly caught them breaking into a storage unit business in Portland, Ohio.

Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood says at 2:00 a.m. Thursday, a deputy saw a vehicle parked behind Great Bend Storage on Route 124 in Portland, Ohio, and went to investigate.

The deputy approached the vehicle and talked to a woman inside, Louneda Serls, 47, of Ripley, WV.

Serls told the deputy she was tired and needed to rest, but didn't feel comfortable parking with the truckers at the nearby Hot Spot convenience store, so she parked in the empty parking lot at Great Bend Storage instead.

The deputy then asked Serls to leave Great Bend Storage, because several break-ins had happened in the surrounding area.

As Serls drove away from the business, one of the storage unit doors opened and Joseph Rayhill, 31, of Kenna, WV, ran out of the storage unit and tried to catch up to Serls car.

The deputy stopped Serls vehicle and detained her, but Rayhill ran away through a field.

Other Meigs County Sheriff's deputies and Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers were called to the scene to search for Rayhill.

An OSHP Trooper found Rayhill after he fell into a creek on U.S. Route 33.

Serls and Rayhill were both arrested and taken to the Meigs County Jail, where they will remain until their first court appearance.