Police Announce Recovery Of $30,000 In Stolen Items

  • 9/6/2018 3:39:06 PM
  • Jesse Smith
  • Local News

RICHLAND COUNTY, OH - In response to a string of burglaries and break-ins around the area, the Richland County Sheriff's Office teamed up with the Shelby Police Department to put a stop to property theft. A press conference was held Thursday to inform the public on updates in the case.

"We have arrested one person in connection to the burglaries," said Major Joe Masi of the Richland County Sheriff's Office. "There are other persons of interest that we're looking at. The person we arrested is a Jeremy Edwards. Yesterday, at his residence, there was a search warrant executed and property recovered. He was consequently arrested."

Many of the stolen items included power tools and heavy machinery. Over 30 items were listed in the report, including several four-wheeler ATVs and chainsaws, among other items.

"We're estimating at this time that we have recovered about 50% of the property," Masi said. "A lot of these items were stolen and sold within 24 hours. The total amount recovered so far from the Sheriff's Office B&Es is $29,224. Shelby Police Department has recovered $1,235, to be exact, for a total amount of $30,459."

"I just want to thank the Sheriff's Office administration, especially the detective bureau and Mansfield City probation for all the help they gave us," said Shelby Chief of Police Lance Combs. "As we continue to work through this, hopefully (we'll) recover the rest of the property."

Combs then assured the public that their homes and businesses are still safe. Both departments are working towards catching those who were in cooperation with the suspect that has been arrested in connection with the thefts.

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