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Lee Peterson and Stanley Justice-Keeton, both from Muncie, Indiana were arrested last week and charged with Breaking and Entering and Grand Theft. On November 25th just before midnight, the Mercer County Sheriff's Office got an alarm from a farm implement dealer in Coldwater. When deputies arrived, they found a Gator was stolen, another deputy saw a pick-up truck pulling a trailer with a gator on it on the west side of the county. Peterson and Keeton were arrested, and deputies determined that the trailer was stolen from a place in Muncie. The pair could be tied to other thefts in Ohio and Indiana. Both men are being held in the Mercer County Jail on $100,000 bonds.
This is a problem that Elida Police say they were anticipating as the November election draws closer. They say that people have had signs and even political flags stolen from their yards. The police remind the public that being caught stealing these signs could land several possible charges against you.
The Auglaize County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in a string of thefts around the county. The Auglaize County Sheriff is asking if you know the vehicle in this surveillance video. It's a tan or beige Chevrolet truck with aluminum running boards. It's thought to be a 2002 model. The sheriff believes this truck has been used in several thefts of zero turn lawn mowers from businesses in the Wapakoneta area. If anyone recognizes the truck you are asked to call their detective bureau at 419-739-6555.
An Indiana man is in custody in Mercer County, accused in connection to an early morning theft of a horse trailer, three horses, and horse racing related items from the Mercer County Fairgrounds. John R. Eicher of Berne was arrested and charged with theft. He is being held on a $100,000 bond. The theft was discovered after a horse trailer was found turned on i's side in the middle of Wabash Road, near Skeels Road. Two horses were inside, and died as a result of injuries they sustained. It was then discovered a third horse was missing from the fairgrounds.
The Lima Police Department plans on using social media to help cut back on thefts in the area. The department will start posting reminders on Facebook every night at 9 p.m. to remind residents to check that their home and car doors are locked, windows are closed, and that any valuables are removed from their cars. The department says that recent thefts in the Delphos Avenue area encouraged them to ramp up the campaign, but they're hoping that establishing a routine will cut back on thefts across the city.
Officers in Findlay were sent to Walmart early Tuesday morning on a report of a theft in progress and the call led to a chase. Kaleb Redman and Michelle Snyder allegedly fled south on Interstate 75 where they were located near the intersection of I-75 and W. Main cross street. An officer attempted to stop the suspects but they fled southbound on I-75.
The Lima Police Department is investigating an overnight break-in at J's American Pub and some other crimes that led to the overall theft of an ATM.