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Sheriff updates descriptions, information on Pleasant Township burglary PDF Print
Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:23 AM

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VAN WERT— Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released a statement Wednesday that deputies have developed additional information on the Pleasant Township residential burglary that occurred Tuesday morning. This new information came while working with Sheriff Keith Everhart’s deputies of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and also the Hardin County Prosecutor’s Office, who are investigating similar occurrences.

Riggenbach stated the female suspect who approached the resident while outside of the home identified herself as a power company employee and stated they would need to perform work on the property later in the day. During this conversation, the female suspect kept the resident’s attention away from the home, allowing the male suspect to enter the home where stole he money and property.

The description of the male suspect is a white male, skinny build in his late 20’s to early 30’s, approximately 5’10”-6’ tall with short light-colored hair.

The vehicle description is a full-size Ford F-150, red in color with silver along the bottom of both sides of the truck. The truck has a white/silver tool box on the bed of the truck and a bug deflector on the front of the truck.

The updated description of the female suspect is white, in her early 20’s, approximately 5’ 5” tall, weighing 115-120 pounds with short sandy hair and wearing a bandanna.

Riggenbach asks anyone who recognizes or sees this pickup truck or recognizes the male in the photos to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and use the “Submit a CrimeTip” Link; the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office at 419-673-1268, ext. 2105 or 2106; or Crime Stoppers 419-238-STOP.

Anyone reporting information can remain anonymous.

VW Sheriff investigates burlgary in Pleasant Township PDF Print
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 12:20 AM

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VAN WERT — Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach released a statement that deputies are investigating a residential burglary that occurred in Pleasant Township. Sheriff Riggenbach stated the burglary occurred during the morning daylight hours on Tuesday.

Deputies learned that a female approached the resident who was outside. The female suspect talked to the resident while outside the home. The female suspect continued speaking with the resident and at some point a male suspect, who had remained in a truck, went into the home. While inside the home, the male suspect stole money and property from the residence.

The female suspect is described as white, 5’4”-5’6” tall, 110-120 pounds with short light-colored hair and wearing a bandana on her head. She was in the company of a white male. The suspects’ vehicle is described as an older model light-colored pickup.

Anyone seeing a female or vehicle Tuesday morning matching this description is asked to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 on online at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and use the “Submit a CrimeTip” link. People providing information can remain anonymous.

The Bureau of Criminal Investigations from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office was contacted to process the crime scene.

Police reports PDF Print
Monday, October 14, 2013 1:38 AM

At approximately 11:20 p.m. Saturday, Delphos Police were contacted by a concerned citizen who advised that there was a subject inside a business in the 100 block of East Second Street who had threatened another person and had a firearm in his possession at that time but had went to a nearby motor vehicle and had placed the firearm inside.

The vehicle was checked by officers at which time they did observe in plain view a handgun lying on the front seat of the vehicle. A second firearm was also later located inside the vehicle.

Officers then went to the business and located the subject involved. Upon speaking with him, officers found enough probable cause to cite Michael Ruce O’Callaghan Jr., 35, of Van Wert on the charges of operating a motor vehicle while having his driving privileges suspended and for mishandling a firearm in a motor vehicle.

O’Callaghan was cited into Lima Municipal Court on the charges; additional charges are pending upon review of the case by the Prosecutor’s Office.

At 7:06 p.m. Friday, police went to 708 East Third Street to serve an active arrest warrant on a subject staying at that location.

Upon officers’ arrival, they located Andrew Stocklin, 28, of Delphos and took him into custody on an warrant issued out of Lima Municipal Court on a failure to appear on a prior theft charge.

Stocklin was later turned over to deputies from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

At 9:38 a.m. Friday, police were called to a business in the 1000 block of Elida Avenue in reference to a theft complaint at the business.

Upon officers’ arrival, they met with store employees, who stated that a female and male subjects had been in the store for an extended time. Employees observed the female subject use a pair of scissors that she brought to the business with her and attempt to cut off an anti-theft device on a piece of merchandise. Upon cutting the device, it activated and the female dropped the merchandise and attempted to leave the area.

Charges in the case are pending and both subjects were given trespassing notices not to return to the business.

At 1:26 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to a Delphos City School in response from the principal that a student was caught with a prescription belonging to another.

Upon officers’ arrival, officers found a student had been found inside the school with a prescription that did not belong to him that he was intending to sell. The investigation found that a second student was also allegedly selling prescriptions that did not belong to the student as well.

The principal stated that he wished to have charges filed on both students involved.

The case is still under investigation and no charges had been filed at time of news release.

At 7 p.m. Oct. 7, police received a call from a resident near the Garfield Park area on South Clay Street. The caller advised three subjects were currently in the park and were in possession of what appeared to be drugs and drug abuse instruments.

Upon officers’ arrival, they located the subjects involved. Upon officers approaching the three subjects, one male subject was observed throwing items over a nearby fence. Upon checking the area, officers found three hypodermic needles.

As a result, officers took John McRedmond, 19, of Delphos into custody. McRedmond was cited into Van Wert Municipal Court on charges of possession of drug abuse instruments and was later released.

No charges were filed on the other two subjects involved at time of news release.

At 1:40 a.m. Oct. 7, police were called to the 500 block of West Seventh Street in reference to a criminal damaging complaint at a residence in that area.

Upon officers’ arrival, the victim stated that someone had thrown an object at the residence and had broken a large window in the residence.

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Monday, October 07, 2013 12:00 AM

At 5:23 p.m. Saturday, Delphos Police came into contact with Melony Sunday, 19, of Delphos, at which time officers arrested Sunday on an active arrest warrant issued out of Mercer County on charges of theft.

Sunday was later turned over to Deputies from Mercer County.

Officers also discovered that a subject with Sunday was in possession of drug paraphernalia. As a result, Alex Hummer, 20, of Delphos, was cited into Lima Municipal Court on the charge.

At 1:34 p.m. Saturday, police were contacted by a resident of the 900 block of East Fifth Street in reference to a theft report.

Upon officers’ speaking with the victim, it was learned that a subject known to them had stayed overnight at the residence and upon waking up on Saturday, the subject had taken an iPAD mini.

Crash sends two to hospital PDF Print
Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:18 AM

A father and daughter were transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center Wednesday following a dirt-bike/auto crash at 7:04 p.m. in the 200 block of West Clime Street.

According to the police report, Tony Caudill II was traveling westbound on West Clime Street in his vehicle and attempted to make a left-hand turn. He turned into the path of an oncoming dirt bike operated by David Strause III, which also carried his 3-year-old daughter.

The condition of the Strauses is unknown.


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