This week’s “Crime of the Week” focuses on a Homicide which took place in Reynoldsburg in 2017.
On Saturday, April 22, 2017, at approximately 1:24am, Reynoldsburg Police responded to a report of gunshots being fired on Lancaster Ave. Upon their arrival and scanning of the area, officers located the body of James Stennies in the parking lot of “Miracle Car Wash” in the 600 block of Lancaster Ave. Mr. Stennies had been shot several times. Although he was treated by medics, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. By all accounts, it appears that Mr. Stennies was washing his car in preparation of a trip later that day to Indiana to attend the funeral of a relative. The circumstances surrounding his murder are unclear, as his wallet, keys and cell phone were not taken by the unknown suspect(s) and were found on his body or in the vehicle. The vehicle is a blue 2001 Volvo that was found parked in the bay area of the car wash. A photo of Mr. Stennies may be viewed on our website at www.stopcrime.org.
The Stennies family is partnering with Crime Stoppers to offer a $50,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS (8477) or go to our website at www.stopcrime.org and submit your tip. You may also submit a tip by downloading our new free P3 Tips mobile app available on the iOS and Android platforms. We are no longer taking tips via text message.
All tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Crime Stoppers does not use Caller ID or record telephone conversations. A special coding system protects the identity of the caller. Crime Stoppers also takes calls from persons with information about any felony. Information leading to the arrest and/or indictment of a felony suspect could qualify the caller for a reward as determined by the Crime Stoppers Board of Directors. For more information on Central Ohio Crime Stoppers, visit our website at www.stopcrime.org.
Crime Stoppers is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. Reward money comes from private individuals, businesses, and foundations that see Crime Stoppers as an integral tool in the community’s fight against crime. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Central Ohio Crime Stopper’s, Inc., and P.O. BOX 16038, COLUMBUS, OH 43216-6038.
Watch for the depiction of each “Crime of the Week” during newscasts on WCMH NBC 4, Sunday morning 7a.m., 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m., as well as Monday 11 a.m. Also watch for the depiction to be aired on WBNS 10TV, WSYX ABC 6, WTTE FOX 28, and featured in The Columbus Dispatch every Monday.