Bainbridge man held on alleged theft of trailer

By Ashley Bunton -



A hearing continuance was recently ordered for a Ross County man arrested on charges of breaking and entering and theft. Jesse M. Binegar, of Bainbridge, was arrested after police responded to a theft complaint Feb. 25 on Forest Street in Washington C.H.

Binegar, 34, allegedly stole a utility trailer and resold it within hours of the theft, according to reports filed by the Washington C.H. Police Department.

A Washington C.H. resident stated that an unknown person had stolen a 6’ by 10’ red utility trailer from behind a detached garage Feb. 25 at approximately 6:10 p.m. The victim provided video surveillance to police which observed the theft of the trailer. The video was said to show two men arriving to hook up the trailer to a brown Jeep Grand Cherokee that had something covering the license plate.

The value of the stolen property was listed as $1,600.

Police recorded the information describing the trailer and sent the information out to other area agencies. The victim’s family put information on Facebook and received multiple responses to the whereabouts of the stolen trailer and the offender vehicle.

On Feb. 28, a Washington Court House police officer received a tip that the offender vehicle was located at a residence in Greenfield. That same day the Highland County Sheriff’s Office reported the vehicle was disabled on Rupple Road in Highland County. The two passengers in the vehicle were arrested on separate drug charges. The offender’s Jeep Grand Cherokee was towed to an impound location.

Washington C.H. police eventually located the whereabouts of the stolen utility trailer, which had been sold to another area resident for $200, and returned the trailer to its rightful owner.

Binegar is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $3,500 cash surety bond. He is scheduled to appear in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas June 13.


By Ashley Bunton

Reach Ashley Bunton at the Record-Herald at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton.

Reach Ashley Bunton at the Record-Herald at (740) 313-0355 or on Twitter @ashbunton.