Nov 25, 2012

Sheriff Toby Spencer expresses his gratitude

DARKE COUNTY--Sheriff Toby L. Spencer would like to express his gratitude to the citizens of Darke County for recent “timely and accurate” crime tips. Over the past several weeks there have been multiple arrests of persons who were observed at the scene of rural burglaries in Darke County. It is because of these reports that Deputies have been able to respond to the area on four separate occasions. As a result, the responsible parties were apprehended or identified.

On Oct. 16, 2012 at about 11:20 a.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting that her home in the 3200 block of SR571 West was being burglarized. The caller advised that she had been informed of this by a friend who had driven by her residence, observed an unfamiliar vehicle in the driveway and saw someone standing inside near a window. This information was passed on to Deputies as they were responding and as additional information was learned the vehicle was located, a suspect was questioned, stolen property was recovered and charges on the persons involved are being pursued.

On Nov. 1, 2012 at about 2:35 p.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center received a call from a resident reporting a burglary in progress in the 3500 block of Hollansburg-Tampico Road near Glen Karn. The resident reported that they heard a knock on their front door but did not answer the door. Moments later, the resident was confronted by an unknown female suspect who let herself into the residence through the back door. The female was confronted by the resident and the female fled the scene. The resident obtained a description of the vehicle, its occupants and immediately reported it to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputies responded to the area, located the vehicle with occupants as described. The vehicle was stopped, stolen property was recovered and three arrests were made; Justin E. Harrison, age 32, Melinda S. Johnson, age 19, and Danielle E. Eldridge, age 23, who are all from Richmond, Indiana. As a result of this arrest burglaries in Indiana were also solved.

On Nov. 7, 2012 at about 11 a.m, the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a citizen who advised that he had just observed an unfamiliar, yet distinctive, gray car parked in his neighbor’s driveway and there were three males running from the house. Deputies immediately responded to the residence located in the 8200 block of Martin Road, Bradford, OH. Deputies learned that the resident had just left there about 30 minutes prior to the neighbor observing the suspicious activity. Several doors were found to be open in some of the out buildings but no signs of entry were found into the residence itself. An alert was given out on the distinctive gray car and about an hour and a half later was located on Bishop Road south of Greenville. As Deputies approached the car, they observed one male occupant and multiple items in the back seat. The male occupant later admitted to having been the driver of the car at Martin Road. Items found in his car were later confirmed to be from Martin Road and from another house on Beamsville-Webster Road. Theft and Breaking and Entering charges were filed against the driver of the gray car, Sterling Seiler, age 19, of Greenville, who was arrested on Nov. 15, 2012 and is currently incarcerated at the Darke County Jail. The investigation continues on the other suspects.

On Nov. 15, 2012 at about 1:59 p.m., the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a property owner in reference to a possible break in near the 7300 block of Palestine-Union City Road. The owner reported that he had been contacted by his neighbor who provided him with a detailed description of a two tone green mini-van that had been observed in the area of the property. The neighbor also reported finding a freshly broken out window to the shop area of the property. Deputies and Detectives immediately responded to the area and obtained a list of stolen items. About an hour and 15 minutes later a green mini-van matching the neighbors’ description was observed in the 7800 block of McMecham Road. The mini-van was stopped by Deputies and stolen items from the above location were recovered. Arrested at the scene and transported to the Darke County Jail on charges of Breaking and Entering were two adult males; Michael Price, age 26, of Greenville, and Marti Thompson, age 41, of Greenville.

Sheriff Spencer congratulates these alert citizens who provided the “timely and accurate” information to his staff which in turn greatly assisted them in daily duties. Citizens working hand in hand with law enforcement have achieved tremendous results as seen in these four recent incidents. Sheriff Spencer urges all citizens to remain alert to suspicious activity and report it to local law enforcement immediately for a timely response.

Sheriff Spencer suggests that Darke County residents secure all doors or access to any of their property; homes, garages, sheds, cars, etc. Avoid leaving doors standing open unnecessarily at any time. This advertises your valuables to thieves that may be scouting your neighborhood for their next victim. Property owners should photograph and document manufacturer names, model numbers and serial numbers of their valuables.

When citizens and law enforcement work together we make our community a less attractive place for criminals and a safer place to live and work.

Contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, 548-2020, or in the event of an emergency call 911.

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