Burglaries, thefts skyrocket – Sounds like you better start being vigilant, IF you’re not already!

We gave the Sheriff what he wanted when he said….”Crime would Soar” if we didn’t, and now that we did it appears it’s not enough! – NOW CRIME IS SKYROCKETING – NOW WHY IS THAT? – I agree with one commenter, JOBS LOST, and this is news?

These Neo Nazis want to FIX something? – FIX OPPRESSION!, and people wonder who the terrorists are, now that’s ROTFLMAO!

MANSFIELD — The list is long, dangerous, and even unusual.

Firearms, ammunition, prescription medication, credit cards, power tools, jewelry and scrap metal continue to be the main targets by thieves in Richland County. But they aren’t limited to those items — a coon hunting dog was taken in a recent heist.

The number of burglaries and thefts in the county has been on the rise during the past three months compared to the same period in 2012, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Bosko said 79 thefts were reported from January to March in 2012 compared with 172 thefts for the same period this year, an increase of 118 percent.

For the first three months of 2012, sheriff’s records logged 59 burglaries, compared with 107 burglaries thus far this year, an 81 percent increase.

This time last year there were four auto thefts, compared with 12 in 2013, a 200 percent increase.

The largest increases in thefts and burglaries occurred in Madison, Mifflin, Springfield and Washington townships, Bosko said.

Solving the crimes is problematic in that too few deputies have too much territory to cover.

“We make very few on-view arrests for burglaries,” Maj. Dale Fortney said. “To solve these we rely on investigations and physical evidence. Information from the public is absolutely critical in breaking up the burglary rings.

“If you have any information at all, it is probably good information and worth giving us a call,” Fortney said.

A sampling of recent sheriff’s reports shows on Jan. 17 a homeowner in the 100 block of North Horning Road reported seven guns were stolen from inside his home during daylight hours.

On Jan. 23, a homeowner in the 3400 block of Ohio 545 told deputies someone stole a $700 gun, jewelry, his diabetes medicine and his wife’s heart medication. Deputies found two sets of footprints in the snow outside the residence.

Around Feb. 13 and 14, thieves targeted the Jackson Township Garage at 3761 Plymouth-Springmill Road, stealing tools, a laptop computer and other items. Township trustees received $5,249 from an insurance claim for the stolen property, according to a public document.

On March 3, a burglary at a residence in the 3000 block of Crider Road netted suspects jewelry valued at $2,500 and a bag of prescription bottles. The homeowner later found his wife’s medication discarded along Ohio 603 as he was walking. In another burglary, a resident reported the theft of a semi-automatic pistol valued at $600 and a revolver, valued at $800. Jewelry valued at $5,050 was also taken from the home in the 3400 block of Perch Drive.

Jason Wilfong of Ohio 430 knows firsthand about losing valuable property. Someone stole his coon hound from its cage in the backyard on April 6. The dog, Dixie, is valued at $1,000. He believes he has seen the dog listed for sale on Craigslist.

“She’s top at hunting coons,” said Wilfong, who said he awoke to find the dog missing.

Bosko said the sheriff’s office encourages residents to be observant in their neighbors and report all suspicious activity. Residents are encouraged to lock their automobiles and never leave the keys in the vehicles.

Deputies are continuing to investigate two robberies in two nights in which residents were pistol-whipped in rural Crestline and on Hanley Road. On March 30, a Crestline man was robbed of his cellphone, credit card and $200. He was pistol-whipped when he opened his garage door.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Office and the Richland County Division of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force made an arrest this month. Jedd Heiland, 36, of 55 Penn Ave., Apt. 1, is charged with aggravated robbery and aggravated burglary in connection with the March 30 Crestline home invasion.

Heiland remains in Richland County Jail.

Fortney said the East Hanley Road home invasion is believed to be linked to the Brookdale Drive crime in Crestline, the department has developed “persons of interest” in the cases.

lwhitmire@nncogannett.com 419-521-7223 Twitter: @lwhitmir



  • Howie Weber · Top Commenter · Crafton Hills College
    A good dog,  and security system works.  Also there called locks for a reason.  There are also way to many thefts in this town.  Catch. Em and deal with em the ol fashion way.  Law won’t do anything anymore, time for people to start commencing to some ol fashion beat downs.
  • Mark Ritchie · Top Commenter
    No jobs, poor economy and this is news ?

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