BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Butler County Sheriff Richard K Jones announces the recovery of personal property from at least 100 to possibly 150 or more recent car break- ins scattered throughout the Southwest Ohio area.
A tip from a citizen helped the Butler County Sheriff's Office launch a week-long investigation that culminated in Wednesday's arrest of two male juveniles and an adult female.
That investigation resulted in recovering property believed to have been stolen from West Chester, Oxford, and Liberty Township areas in Butler County, as well as the cities of Mason, Carlisle, Franklin, Madeira, Cleves, and Colerain Township in Southwest Ohio.
Those law enforcement agencies have been contacted and are working with Butler County investigators to help identify and match stolen property to the victims.
Property recovered included items such as cell phones, wallets, purses, credit cards, handguns, cameras, Garmins, iPods and pocket knives.
Not all recovered property has been identified, and obviously not every recent car break-in has been solved.
Any recent victims from the mentioned areas might want to check with their own local law enforcement agencies and have them contact Sgt. Rick Bucheit at (513) 785-1208 to determine if some of their property might have been recovered.
Sheriff Jones is quite proud of the results of this investigation. "These 'kids' were hitting 20-30 cars a night all over the tri-state area for quite a while," said the Sheriff. "I guess they thought it was it was pretty easy. But you know, committing crimes in Butler County usually catches up to you sooner or later. We have just proved that again."
The juveniles, both 17-year-old males from Hamilton, have been charged with felony counts of Receiving Stolen Property and Theft in Butler County Juvenile Court.
Courtney Pratt, age 23, also from Hamilton, has been charged so far with felony "RSP" and misdemeanor Misuse of a Credit Card through Butler County Area Two Court. Additional charges will likely result in charges from several other jurisdictions.