WEST ALEXANDRIA — Preble County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an Eaton man last week, after an investigation into two properties which were entered, and items stolen.
On Saturday, May 4, deputies were dispatched to the 4600 block of Bantas Creek Road regarding a breaking and entering which had just occurred at a barn. The suspect fled from the property. The suspect vehicle was described as a gray sedan occupied by at least one male subject.
Deputies patrolled the area and were unable to locate the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed there was approximately $4,000-$5,000 worth of power tools and hand tools stolen from the barn.
On Sunday, May 6, deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Bantas Creek Road regarding a second breaking and entering report which occurred at a local business during the overnight.
Further investigation revealed the suspect entered the lot in a gray four door sedan, exited the vehicle wearing a face mask, entered a barn and other vehicles, stealing several items with a value less than $1,000.
Upon viewing the victim’s security camera, deputies were able to identify the suspect vehicle as the same one they had dealt with days before on a drug overdose case. Deputies located the owner of the vehicle, Michael Mullins II.
Mullins confessed to entering both barns and stealing items. A majority of the stolen items were recovered and returned to the victims.
Mullins was arrested by deputies and housed in the Preble County Jail. He was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court onThursday, May 9, with the following crimes associated with both cases: breaking and entering, a 5th degree felony; breaking and entering, a 5th degree felony; theft, a 5th degree; felony petty theft, a 1st degree misdemeanor; criminal trespassing, a 4th degree misdemeanor and criminal trespassing, a 4th degree misdemeanor.
Mullins was housed in the Preble County Jail awaiting bond to be set.