BPD: Man arrested shortly after burglary

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BLANCHESTER — Police arrested a man shortly after they say he burglarized a Blanchester home.

At around 4 p.m. Monday Blanchester police were called to a home in the 600 block of West Main Street where the resident reported that his home had been burglarized earlier in the day.

He said that at around noon, his adult son confronted a man on the property and told him to leave. Just prior to phoning police say the resident found items that didn’t belong to his family inside the home and found a blue Carhartt jacket missing from his truck parked in the driveway.

“The crime scene was processed for physical evidence by a Blanchester police officer,” said Police Chief Scott Reinbolt. “About an hour later Ptl. Dalton Ferguson was on patrol when he noticed a man standing outside the United Dairy Farmers store at 211 W. Main St. wearing a blue Carhartt jacket. Ptl. Ferguson stopped and spoke to the man and confirmed the jacket was the one stolen from Mr. Wilson’s truck.”

He said Ptl. Ferguson also obtained additional evidence identifying the man as the same person who entered the Wilson home earlier in the afternoon. The man was identified as Shawn Thomas, 33, of Convoy, Ohio in Van Wert County, Reinbolt said.

Thomas was arrested for burglary and taken to the police station for booking and processing, said Reinbolt. The case will be forwarded to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for consideration of presentment to the county grand jury.


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