Ohio State Patrol arrests jewelry store thieves

Your News Now at Six - 09/12/18

A trio of suspected jewelry store robbers gets caught in Botkins after a trooper spots their vehicle driving down I-75.

According to the Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Beavercreek Police Department asked law enforcement to be on the lookout for a gray mini-van with Michigan plates that may have been involved in a robbery of a jewelry store. A trooper saw the van south of Sidney and tried to pull them over. The suspects fled and led law enforcement on a short chase that took them to Botkins. The driver wrecked the van in the village and the three suspects inside fled on foot. The Ohio State Patrol's plane was in the air and helped track the suspects for law enforcement on the ground to arrest them.

The three men range from 23 to 27 years old and all are from Detroit, Michigan. OSP is working with Beavercreek Police in the investigation.

Media Release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol - 9/12/18

Early afternoon pursuit by OSP nabs jewelry store thieves

Piqua - The Piqua Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol reports they were involved in an early afternoon pursuit of a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle wanted in conjunction with a jewelry store theft in Beavercreek.  As troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Interstate 75 south of Sidney, the vehicle fled.  A short pursuit ensued which led officers north into the village of Botkins.  The suspect vehicle struck a traffic curb disabling the vehicle.  The three occupants fled on foot and were apprehended a short time later by officers.     

At approximately 11:00 am, The Piqua Post received a BOLO dispatched from the Beavercreek Police Department advising to watch for a gray mini-van bearing Michigan registration.  The vehicle was reported as being rented out of the Detroit, Michigan area and could be headed back north.  Approximately thirty minutes later, a trooper observed the vehicle northbound south of Sidney and attempted a traffic stop with the assistance of Sidney Police Department.  The 2019 dark gray Dodge Caravan fled north at speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour.  An OSHP plane was in the area and was able to provide air support.  Marked units terminated their active pursuit while the plane followed the suspect vehicle as it fled into the village of Botkins.  As the suspect vehicle attempted to make a right turn onto a village street, it struck a large curb and disabled the vehicle.  The three suspects fled on foot while troopers, deputies, and officers from the surrounding agencies of Anna, Botkins, and Sidney, converged on their area to set up a perimeter.  The pilot successfully tracked the three suspects and led ground units to their location.  All three suspects were taken into custody without any further incidents.

The three male suspects range from 27 to 23 years old and reside in the Detroit, Michigan area.   Troopers are working in conjunction with detectives from Beavercreek Police Department to positively identify the suspects, process evidence collected, and charge all three suspects.    

The investigation is on-going.