Suspect in spate of Beavercreek, Riverside home burglaries remains in jail

Riverside police investigate armed robbery

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m. (Aug. 7):  A 29-year-old man remains in jail on charges accusing him of burglary and aggravated burglary in as many as four home burglaries -- three in Beavercreek and one in Riverside.

Christopher Bush was arrested after Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies saw him about 7 p.m. Monday in a maroon Ford Explorer identified as the getaway vehicle in the burglaries.

PHOTO: Christopher Bush (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)
PHOTO: Christopher Bush (Courtesy/Montgomery County Jail)
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According to Beavercreek police, a large amount of property stolen from the Beavercreek residences was in the vehicle.

Riverside police Detective Travis Abney told WHIO-TV's Lauren Clark that Riverside police strongly suspect all four burglaries are connected and likely were random.

Abney said the potential penalty for Bush, should he be convicted as charged, could be increased because the Riverside residential armed robbery on Quinby Lane, which reportedly was the first of the four incidents on Monday afternoon, involved an elderly victim.

The other incidents occurred within minutes of each other on Shadeland Avenue, Eastmoor Drive and Northern Drive in Beavercreek, police said.

UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (Aug. 6):

The suspect in the two Beavercreek home burglaries is in custody, Beavercreek police Capt. Chad Lindsey announced via social media.

There has been no word yet whether Riverside police are considering the man in custody as the suspect in the Quinby Lane residential armed robbery.

We’re working to learn more about the apprehension.

UPDATE @ 8:20 p.m. (Aug. 6):

Three home robberies in quick succession Monday afternoon have police in the jurisdictions where they occurred -- Riverside and Beavercreek -- thinking the incidents might be connected.

Timeline of events

Just before 4:30 p.m., police were dispatched to a report of a residential armed robbery on Quinby Lane in Riverside, where a man wearing a mask pointed a gun at an elderly resident.

Riverside police Sgt. Angela Jackson said the resident, who lives with an adult son who was not at home at the time of the robbery, the sergeant said. The resident was not physically injured.

According to the preliminary investigation, the suspect entered through the rear door of the home, displayed a black handgun and took the resident's phone. The invader demanded money, but fled when the resident said there was no money in the home, Jackson said.

Police called in a K-9 unit to search the neighborhood.

String of armed robberies in Riverside, Beavercreek

About 4:55 p.m., according to Beavercreek police dispatch, a man wearing all black took off in a small red vehicle -- possibly an SUV -- after forcing his way into a home on Shadeland Avenue, near Grange Hall Road.

An expectant mother told WHIO-TV’s Lauren Clark she was home with her 4-year-old when a man pushed his way into her home and demanded $500 from her at gunpoint. He forced her to get on the floor, she said. He ran out and sped away in a car when she didn’t give him any cash, she said.

Neither the woman nor her children were physically injured.

About 5:30 p.m., Beavercreek police were dispatched to a reported residential burglary in the 3500 block of Eastmoor Drive.

A resident tells us the suspect kicked in the front door, ran in and took a shotgun that was in the house. The suspect confronted the resident’s grandson, who had been in a bedroom, before running out.

Neither resident was physically injured.

Victims Describe Invader

In each incident, according to police, the victims described the invader as a white male, in his 20s to early 30s, about 5 foot 9 inches tall with short black hair, who was wearing denim jeans and a had a mask pulled down over half his face. He had a black or dark semi-automatic handgun.

PHOTO: (Jim Noelker/Staff)
PHOTO: (Jim Noelker/Staff)

Sgt. Jackson said a report of the Shadeland Avenue robbery in Beavercreek has police in Riverside and Beavercreek thinking the incidents could be connected. A BOLO (Be On The Lookout) has been issued to area law enforcement agencies.

That BOLO, which also was sent to Beavercreek citizens, said the suspect was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black cargo shorts and neoprene gloves in addition to a black mask. The suspect also was described as having a tattoo on the left side of his neck and a green diamond piercing under his left eye.

We will update this developing report as we learn new details.

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