STORY UPDATED: WPD: 1 person arrested, 1 sought after stolen items found in Truesdell house


One of several WPD officers stands watch outside the house while members of the WPD SRT execute the search warrant inside.


Tom Barr | News Journal

WILMINGTON — Some stolen candy and tools started a chain of events leading to the long-awaited end of a longtime “problem house” and “eyesore” according to city officials.

One person was arrested and another suspect is being sought after a burglary followed by the execution of a search warrant Sunday by Wilmington police.

Officers from the Wilmington Police Department responded to a burglary at 622 S. South St. on Sunday. The owner of the business advised the office was broken into, and several tools and candy were stolen.

During the investigation, two subjects were identified and it was discovered that that the stolen items were at 118 E. Truesdell Ave., according to a news release from the WPD.

One of the suspects was located and arrested. A search warrant was obtain for 118 E. Truesdell Ave., at the intersection with Charles Street, and the Wilmington Police SRT Team assisted in serving the search warrant.

During a search of the residents, several of the stolen tools were recovered but the candy was not recovered, the WPD stated. An arrest warrant was issued for the second suspect.

The investigation is ongoing. If you have any information about this incident, please contact the Wilmington Police Department at 937-382-3833 or at 69 N. South St., Wilmington.

Property condemned

The house was also condemned by the City of Wilmington Code Enforcement Department Sunday night, the tenants were given a “notice to vacate”, and the house will be boarded up Tuesday.

“There are critical electrical and sanitation hazards present,” said Annen Vance, code enforcement official.

The department has had an open case on the house since January.

The owners of record are Larry and Leona Johnson, who are both deceased, said Vance.

The city’s interior inspection report states:

• Hot/cold running water: Not operable

• Electrical power: serious/critical violations

• Heating system: Not operable

• Sewage disposal system: Not operable

The report ads that there is visible cockroach infestation, mice and flies, “filth” and “strong odor” present as well as “serious structural issues.”

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