Reward is being offered for escaped fugitive

July 11th, 2008    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

A reward is being offered as the hunt for Clermont County escaped fugitive Christopher Crosby continues.

Crosby, 25, has been on the run since last month after failing to appear for a sentencing hearing for several burglaries and a Batavia Township home invasion in 2007.

Crosby, who was convicted of forcing himself into a home with a woman and her three children, and stealing guns, appears to have been eluding county authorities by riding on stolen horses (three horses total).

He has allegedly been spotted several times in the Laurel area of the county, but that is unconfirmed.

According to the sheriff's office, he is accused of breaking into homes in the Laurel area the past couple of weeks to steal a sleeping bag and some food (but this cannot be definitively connected to him).

Crosby, who authorities say could be very dangerous, is also accused of recently stealing a high-powered rifle with a scope and ammunition.

His present whereabouts are unknown at press time, but it is believed that he may be hiding out somewhere in the southern portion of the county, possibly near his parent's home in New Richmond or the Holly Towne Mobile Home Park in the Monroe Township area.

County sheriff A.J. Rodenberg said that a cooperative law enforcement effort has been underway to capture Crosby since disappearing while on bond.

"We have been undertaking a number of steps and actions to locate Mr. Crosby," the sheriff said. "We have also consulted with other agencies and resources concerning our search for Crosby and feel confident that we have and are doing everything possible to find and apprehend him."

The Wheel of Justice organization is offering a $2,000 reward for any information that might lead to Crosby's arrest.

Anyone with information on Crosby is urged to contact the sheriff's office or call Crimestoppers at (513) 352-3040.
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