Automotive employee attempts to stop theft suspect


ARCANUM – The Darke County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a suspect responsible for a vehicle break in and stereo theft at a local automotive business.

On Thursday, March 3 at approximately 1:13 a.m. the Darke County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a subject reporting shots fired and that he believed the suspect was trying to break into a vehicle at an automotive business in the area of State Route 49 and Alt. State Route 49 North.

Darke County Deputies and the Arcanum Police Department responded to the area but the suspect and suspect vehicle was not located. Darke County Deputies conducted an investigation into the incident.

According to the investigation an employee of the automotive business observed someone possibly breaking into a vehicle in the parking lot of the business. The suspect became aware that he was being observed and started to flee the scene. The suspect left the scene in a blue Jeep Wrangler with a black soft top. The employee pursued the suspect vehicle in an effort to obtain a license number. The suspect vehicle stopped and the employee stopped next to the vehicle to inquire as to what the suspect was doing at the business. According to the employee that is when the suspect displayed a firearm and fired a round in the air. The employee quickly left the scene and called 911 to report the incident.

Deputies discovered evidence at the scene that indicated a vehicle at the business appeared to have been broken into, damaged and a stereo possibly taken.

The employee’s actions in this case are commendable and he did thwart a crime in progress. The Sheriff would like to remind everyone that it is best not to approach suspects because of the possible danger in doing so. It is safer to be a good observer and call 911 immediately to report the crime and keep the dispatcher informed of what you see.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff’s Office at 937-548-2020.

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