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Upper Township residents hold burglars for deputies

UPPER TOWNSHIP — “A win for the homeowner.”

That was the way Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless described a burglary Tuesday morning on Hog Run Road that ended with the two alleged burglars in custody.

Shayne J. McCallister, 25, of 506 Lorain St., Ironton, was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ricky L. Richendollar, 41, of 301 Private Drive 810, Ironton, was charged with aggravated robbery and possession of drugs.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the house the two men are accused of burgling was being remodeled and the homeowners were living a short distance away with family members.

Neighbors saw two men going into the back of the house and called the homeowner, who went to the house accompanied by a relative. Once there, they reportedly found McCallister and Richendollar inside.

One of the two suspects allegedly approached the relative with an open knife and cut him on the stomach. An altercation ensued and one of the suspects was knocked to the floor.

The homeowner and his relative were able to hold both men at bay until deputies arrived.

Deputies found a collection of power tools they believe the two men were preparing to take.

McCallister allegedly had a hypodermic needle at the time of his arrest, Richendollar allegedly had 41 Zanaflex pills, prompting the drug charges.

MCallister was taken to Southern Ohio Medical Center in Portsmouth for treatment of injuries he sustained in the incident; Richendollar was taken to the Lawrence County Jail.