OPD theft investigation leads to 15 charges

Posted 8/26/20

Owensville City Marshal Robert Rickerd said this week the Owensville police have solved a string of thefts from vehicles and outbuildings reported across the city in the past month.

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OPD theft investigation leads to 15 charges

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Owensville City Marshal Robert Rickerd said this week the Owensville police have solved a string of thefts from vehicles and outbuildings reported across the city in the past month.

“A month-long string of items being stolen from unlocked vehicles and sheds/outbuildings of residences in town will be wrapped up shortly,” according to a release issued Monday by Rickerd.

Rickerd, along with patrolman Troy Ebeling, and Det. Rob Green responded early this past Wednesday morning to an unauthorized, unlicensed, suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway of a residence on the north side of town.

Rickerd said the vehicle was towed and inventoried on Ag. 19

He reported the occupant of this vehicle, who was at the scene at the time the vehicle was towed, was questioned for a “lengthy amount of time in regards to items located inside the vehicle. Numerous items inside the vehicle were of past victims of the recent thefts.”

Police had been receiving calls of thefts from vehicles all across town, including several from a local manufacturing plant’s parking lot on the north side of town. Thefts from vehicles and outbuildings were also reported on the city’s south side.

“Upon completion of the questioning, more information was gained,” Rickerd’s report noted. “It was discovered the female subject had two additional male subjects who was assisting her in the numerous thefts. The Owensville Police Department is still investigating these cases.”

Rickerd said his officers have gathered enough information about the thefts to file 15 counts of misdemeanor theft and/or trespassing charges against these three individuals through the city’s Municipal Court system.

Some of the items that were recovered by OPD were returned to the victims, his reported said.

“I want to thank the community for the support and assistance in helping OPD by contacting us with suspicious activity in their neighborhood and/or business area,” said Rickerd. “These tips are beneficial in the investigation of getting these cases solved.”

Rickerd and his officers also remind residents to keep their vehicles locked when parked on streets or their alleyways. And, lock up their outbuildings.

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