Miami Township police detectives, in conjunction with detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, charged two men and one woman in connection with nine separate residential burglaries. Each were indicted on Wednesday for multiple counts of burglary. One man was also indicted on two counts of grand theft and one count of theft of a firearm.
The offenses occurred over about a two month period and involved breaking into homes during daylight hours and primarily targeting jewelry that could be sold for quick cash. The method of operation for these crimes involved one of the offenders knocking on the door or ringing the door bell. If no one answered the intruders would force entry into the home, usually at the back door or a rear window. In cases where someone answered the door the offenders gave an excuse why they were at the residence, such as, "I'm looking for Amanda, I must have the wrong address" then they would leave.
When Miami Township detectives developed a lead on the location where the stolen jewelry was being sold, they coordinated with detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff's Office, Blue Ash Police and Cincinnati Police for a stakeout of that location. When one of the men and the woman arrived to sell more jewelry, they were taken into custody.
The suspects identified thirty-five homes that they either burglarized or attempted to burglarize over a four county crime spree including Clermont, Hamilton, Butler and Warren Counties. Detectives from multiple jurisdictions, within the four affected counties, attended a meeting on October 16 in Miami Township to review their similar unsolved burglary cases. Each jurisdiction will manage their respective cases and related criminal charges.
The Township Police Department said in a statement that the arrests were actually made almost three weeks ago, but we held back that information while the investigation continued. "This was necessary in order to not alert co-conspirators, to allow us time to gather additional information about other burglary locations, and to await our turn, yesterday, to present the matter to the Grand Jury."