Dec 21, 2012

Deputies Respond to Burglary in Progress and Arrest Two Local Men

Terry Goodpaster                       Douglas Bidwell
DARKE COUNTY – On Dec. 20, 2012 at approximately 2:35 p.m., Darke County Sheriffs Deputies responded to 165 South Main Street in Palestine, on a report of a burglary in progress. Witnesses to the crime informed authorities that the door to the residence had been kicked in and Christmas presents were being taken. The witnesses took photographs of the suspects and provided descriptions of them as they fled the scene. The photographs aided deputies in identifying the thieves. The scene of the burglary was secured by deputies as other deputies patrolled the area searching for the suspects on foot. Deputies recovered most of the stolen property near the scene of the crime. 

At approximately 4:08 p.m., one of the adult males was located several miles north of Palestine on foot and taken into custody. At approximately 4:16 p.m., the other adult male was located in Palestine several blocks away from the scene of the burglary and was taken into custody. The men have been identified as 27 year old Terry Wayne Goodpaster of Wayne Lakes, and 35 year old Douglas Allen Bidwell of Ansonia. Both men were arrested and transported to the Darke County Jail where they await arraignment in the Darke County Common Pleas Court on charges of Burglary, a felony of the 2nd degree, and Felony Theft, a felony of the 5th degree, sometime later today.

Most all of the property and presents that were taken have been returned to the family.

Sheriff Toby L. Spencer commends the alert citizens of Darke County in aiding deputies apprehend these men, due to their quick actions, accurate observations and timely reporting of the incident. This is yet another example of how crime can quickly and effectively be resolved which benefits Darke County communities in many ways.

This case remains under investigation by the Darke County Sheriff’s Office.

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