Two local men can thank an alert neighbor for their stay in the Auglaize County Jail.

An Auglaize County deputy arrested 49-year-old Daniel Secrest of Celina and 36-year-old Jeffrey Paxton of Lima, charging both with breaking and entering and attempted theft. Investigators believe they broke into a vacant house and several out-buildings in the northwest part of the county Tuesday night. A local resident called in to report suspicious activity. A deputy says he found the pair on the property and spoke to them before making the arrests.

The case is still under investigation.

Press Release from Auglaize County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Al Solomon advised of an incident on April 30th, 2019, that resulted in the arrest of 2 subjects.

At approx 9:28 am on April 30th, the Auglaize County Sheriff's Office received a call from a local resident advising of suspicious activity in the Northwest part of Auglaize County. Upon Deputy Ryan Burke's arrival and investigation, he found several outbuildings and an unoccupied residence, had been broken into. Dep. Burke located Daniel E. Secrest and Jeffrey S. Paxton at the property and after speaking with them, and further investigation, it was found that those 2 subjects had broke into the buildings and unoccupied home. Both subjects were arrested and later brought to the Auglaize County Correctional Center. The case remains under investigation.

Daniel E. Secrest, from Celina, 49 yoa-Charged with 1 Ct. Breaking and Entering, Felony of the 5th degree and 1 Ct. Attempted Theft, Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.

Jeffrey S. Paxton, from Lima, 36 yoa--Charged with 1 Ct. Breaking and Entering, Felony of the 5th degree and 1 Ct. Attempted Theft, Misdemeanor of the 1st degree.

Sheriff Al Solomon commended the local resident for calling in and looking out for area neighbors. Sheriff Solomon advises this is a perfect example of "See Something, Say Something".

Assisting at the scene were units from the St. Mary's Police Dept. and the Grand Lake Task Force.