NEW PARIS — The suspect in a home invasion was incarcerated at the Wayne County Jail at press time, after he was found and arrested on Wednesday, July 16.
Last Wednesday, at approximately 8:08 a.m., Preble County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received a 9-1-1 call from a female resident in the 5000 block of Westville Road, reporting a burglary in progress, and that a male subject had just fled through a rear door of her house.
Deputies responded and began receiving additional calls from residents in the area stating a male subject matching the description of the suspect was “walking through yards in the New Westville area,” Sheriff Michael Simpson reported.
Responding deputies, which included a K-9, with assistance from New Paris PD and Lewisburg PD, began tracking the suspect west towards Indiana. An additional K-9 from Camden Police Department was requested due to the large area which needed searched.
“After a couple of hours searching, the suspect was spotted near West Eaton Pike and fled into a wooded area upon seeing a marked cruiser,” Simpson noted in a press release. “Wayne County Sheriff’s Office arrived with additional units, which included an additional K-9 unit as well as units from Richmond Police Department.”
The suspect was located and taken into custody without incident, with the assistance of the Wayne County K-9 unit, Simpson noted.
“Our investigation determined that the suspect had entered the residence on Westville Road while the resident was at home, along with two small children,” Simpson said. “He fled the home with two loaded handguns and ammunition. Those were recovered by deputies in the New Westville area. Upon taking the suspect into custody, jewelry belonging to the home owner was located in his possession. Later in the afternoon, an additional theft was reported from a resident on Robin Drive in New Westville. Jewelry from that theft was found with the suspect as well.”
Joshua C. Saylor, 32, of the New Paris area, was housed in the Wayne County Jail in Richmond, pending the filing of felony charges in Ohio. The case was forwarded to the Preble County Prosecutor’s Office.
“Saylor is a known heroin user,” Simpson said.
Saylor is also a suspect in numerous residential burglary and theft cases in Preble County which have occurred over the past several weeks in the Eldorado and New Paris areas, according to Simpson. Deputies had been working those cases and were preparing to request the filing of charges with the PC Prosecutor’s Office when Saylor was arrested Wednesday.
Agencies responding to assist the PCSO included Camden PD, New Paris PD, Lewisburg PD, Eaton PD, Richmond PD and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.
“This was truly a team effort by all agencies involved,” Simpson said. “The vast area that needed searched for our suspect required a large amount of resources. All agencies are to be commended for their efforts.”