BLANCHESTER — Arrest warrants have been issued for two Kentucky men police say stole a large number of items from a house in which they were doing contract work.
On Thursday, Feb. 23 Spencer Watson of the 200 block of West Baldwin Street reported a large number of items of personal property, including jewelry, stolen from his home, according to Blanchester Police Chief Scott Reinbolt.
The Watson family was the victim of a house fire in December and had vacated the house during its rehabilitation. Evidence was gathered at the scene and taken to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory for examination.
BPD Ptl. Ian Courtney was assigned to the investigation and spent the next two months interviewing contractors and subcontractors who worked inside the Watson home and tracking down property at pawn shops in northern Kentucky. A small percentage of the stolen property was recovered, Reinbolt said.
By late April enough evidence had been gathered to support presentation of the case to Clinton County Prosecuting Attorney Richard Moyer for consideration of charges against two individuals, Reinbolt said.
A recent session of the grand jury handed down felony indictments for grand theft against two Kentucky residents — Alex Sortwell, 27, and Eric Lucas, 25, both of Covington, Reinbolt said.
“Both men are former employees of a company known as ‘Servpro’ and worked inside the Watson’s home while so employed,” he said.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Lucas and Sortwell. They will answer the charges in the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas.