A 17-year-old New Paris resident was arrested last week on multiple breaking and entering and burglary charges, and was being housed at a secure juvenile detention facility at press time.
The teenager faces 30 various charges, according to officials.
According to NP Police Chief Chris Driver, on Friday, July 18, an arrest warrant was issued for a 17-year-old male who lives at 9158 Smyrna Road, New Paris. The warrant, Driver said, was the result of a four-month investigation into the breaking and entering and burglaries of three businesses located in the village.
The businesses included Baumbach’s BBQ on March 23 and March 29; A&D Amusements on March 29, and Southern Comfort Restaurant on March 29 and April 20.
During the investigation, according to Driver, blood DNA was recovered from inside the buildings of Baumbach’s BBQ and Southern Comfort Restaurant. This blood was analyzed by the Miami Valley Regional Crime Laboratory on June 18, and proved to be a match to the 17-year-old male.
On June 19, a search warrant was executed on the Smyrna Road residence, which is owned by Tony and Tracy Ballin. Items were recovered from inside the residence which were taken from the New Paris businesses, and also thefts which had occurred in Oxford, Driver said.
On Saturday, July 19, the 17-year-old was arrested on the warrant, and has been charged with:
Six counts of breaking and entering, felonies of the fifth degree; two counts burglary, felonies of the second degree; two counts burglary, felonies of the third degree; one count of grand theft, a felony of the third degree; two counts theft, felonies of the fifth degree; two counts theft, misdemeanors of the first degree; four counts vandalism, felonies of the fifth degree; three counts criminal trespass, misdemeanors of the fourth degree; five counts criminal damaging, misdemeanors of the second degree; tampering with evidence, a felony of the third degree; receiving stolen property, a felony of the third degree, and receiving stolen property, a misdemeanor of the first degree.