TEENAGER INDICTED FOR OVER 30 BURGLARIES, ATTEMPTED BURGLARIES, OR THEFTS COMMITTED OVER A YEAR AND A HALF TIME SPAN
Posted on 7/10/2018
Defendant: Orlando Curtis Dotson
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This teenager broke in to, or attempted to break in to thirty two residences and stole miscellaneous items worth well over $10,000 in total losses to his victims.” O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a fifty-one count indictment against Orlando Curtis Dotson, now age 18, in connection to crimes he committed between May 5th, 2016 through December 15th, 2017, when he was 15-17 years old. Dotson was bound over to adult court last month. The counts in Dotson’s indictment include Burglary, Theft, Theft From a Person in a Protected Class, Attempted Burglary, Burglary with Specification, and Theft with Specification. Dotson targeted houses primarily between the following streets: Weber Road on the north side, Sunbury Road on the east side, 17th Avenue on the south side, and I-71 on the west side. “Dotson took electronics such as laptops, notebooks, tablets, televisions, speakers, cell phones, and video gaming systems, as well as cash, credit cards, purses, jewelry, and alcohol,” O’Brien stated. Dotson entered the homes through both unlocked doors and windows as well as by kicking or breaking his way in to the residences, causing damage to numerous doors, screens, and windows. “Evidence Technicians with the Columbus Police processed the scenes and were able to recover prints that were submitted to the CPD Crime Lab for analysis. The latent evidence submitted resulted in a match to Dotson,” O’Brien further stated. O’Brien commended the Columbus Police Department for their ongoing investigation of this case. Arraignment for Dotson is scheduled for Friday, July 13th, at 1:30 pm in courtroom 2B at 345 S. High Street in downtown Columbus.