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Investigation may tie break-in to other crimes

January 30, 2012

A suspect continues to be questioned in connection with a string of burglaries that occurred over the past couple months in the area.
The suspect was tracked down after a recent break-in and has been questioned several times regarding that break-in and other break-ins in the county, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office Detective Sgt. Jerry Sawmiller told the Wapakoneta Daily News.
The suspect is believed to possibly had been involved in break-ins at the Olde Tyme Grill in Buckland and United Equity in Kossuth on Dec. 16. Also, two separate break-ins were alleged at Trupointe Cooperative in Buckland, one on Dec. 16 and the other on Jan. 19.
A passerby reported lights on at the Trupointe location in Buckland on Jan 19, but law enforcement officers lost the suspect in a pursuit. The suspect was on foot.
A second suspect was caught later that day after the Jan. 19 burglary.
Sawmiller said Sheriff’s Office law enforcement personnel continued to gather information in the case which led them to the main suspect of the burglaries.
No charges have yet been filed and the suspect’s name has not yet been released pending the outcome of the investigation.
An estimated $1,000 in items and cash has been reported taken in the burglaries.
The investigation connects the main suspect with several other break-ins in area counties, including Mercer, Van Wert, Allen and Shelby counties. Sawmiller said that a joint investigation is currently being conducted between the counties.

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