The Press Newspaper
An investigation by the Walbridge Police Department into a rash of reported breaking and entering cases has yielded a suspect.
Police Chief Kenneth Frost said his department is seeking an arrest warrant.
“We do have a suspect and based on the evidence we’ve compiled we are actively pursuing a warrant,’ he said, describing the investigation as on-going.
On the weekend of Nov. 11-12 there were three reported breaking and enterings in what the chief described as the northeast portion of the Wood County village.
In one case, a resident was home at the time of the break-in, he said.
Village officers have been utilizing the Northwest Ohio Regional Information System computer terminal of the Lake Township Police Department to monitor items being sold at Toledo-area pawn shops.
During village council’s meeting Wednesday Chief Frost urged residents to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.
“We’re encouraging all residents to call us with anything they think is suspicious,” he said. “The residents know their neighborhoods the best. If it turns out to be nothing that’s great.”
To contact the Walbridge police, residents should call 419 666-1447.
Lake Township Police Chief Mark Hummer reported last week to the township trustees there were two breaking and enterings reported and one burglary in the township during October.
Both chiefs said those crimes typically rise this time of year as residents begin their Christmas shopping and thieves see homes as soft targets.
“Break ins during the day time are up a little,” Chief Hummer said. “People are starting to have gifts in their homes.”
According to figures from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, there were 39 burglaries in Lake Township in 2009 and 10 in Walbridge.
The office defines burglaries as the unlawful entry – forceful or not – of a structure to commit a felony of theft.