Rash of thefts from cars reported


Investigators from the Union County Sheriff’s Office say the individuals above are “persons of interest” in a Jerome Township car break-in. They are asking for the public’s help in identifying the potential suspects. The man and woman were photographed as they attempted to use credit cards allegedly stolen from the vehicle. (Photos submitted)

The Union County Sheriff’s Office is investigating several vehicle break-ins in different areas of the county.
According to Union County Sheriff’s Office reports, thieves broke into six unlocked vehicles between 5:40 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. Wednesday. Each of the thefts occurred in the 31000 block of state Route 31. The items reported stolen include gift cards, cash, wallets, a laptop, a jacket, a check book, tools and knives.
Additionally, an unlocked vehicle in the 20000 block of state Route 739, in Jerome Township, at 7:05 a.m. Wednesday.
“That theft was totally unrelated to the thefts in the other part of the county,” Lieutenant Jeff Stiers said. “They are totally separate incidents, totally different parts of the county.”
Investigators said credit cards were taken from the Jerome Township vehicle.
“The credit card was used down in the Columbus area and we were able to get a hold of the surveillance tape from that incident,” Stiers said.
He said based on the footage, investigators have identified “persons of interest.”
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the break ins or who can identify the people in the pictures to contact Stiers at (937) 645-4126 or jstiers@co.union.oh.us or Dep. Zach Schnarre at (937) 645-4101 ext. 4351 or by email at zschnarre@co.union.oh.us.
Stiers said car owners can protect themselves.
He said “the main thing” is for people to lock their car doors.
“We are not seeing people going into locked vehicles and breaking windows to get in,” Stiers said. “The last couple of years, what we are seeing is that they are checking doors and if they find one unlocked, they go into the car.”
Additionally, he said the quicker victims contact law enforcement officials, the easier it is to solve the crime and recover the property.
“The sooner investigators are able to get working on the theft, the sooner we are able to notify the credit card company and determine where they are trying to use the card and identify a suspect.”

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