PREBLE COUNTY — Sheriff Mike Simpson last week reported on two recent arrests, one of an Indiana resident accused of grand theft and one of an Eaton man charged with firearm and drug offenses.
On Friday, May 1, according to Simpson, a deputy attempted to stop a known suspect who was driving a stolen U-Haul pick-up truck after the suspect left a residence in the 400 block of Swisher Mill Road in Monroe Township.
The suspect, Ricky J. Maddox, fled from deputies and then returned to the residence on Swisher Mill Road and ran inside, according to Simpson.
Maddox eventually came out of the house and was taken into custody, Simpson reported.
“During this incident and through additional investigation, Maddox admitted to being responsible for the theft of a zero-turn mower from Bane-Welker Equipment, east of Eaton, between April 25-27. Over the weekend, deputies were able to recover the stolen mower and return it to the business,” Simpson said.
Maddox, who has an extensive criminal history in Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Illinois, is also a suspect in similar thefts in Wayne County, Indiana, according to reports.
On Monday, May 4, Maddox, 33, and at large, was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court with crimes including: receiving stolen property, a fourth-degree felony; grand theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.
Maddox remained in the Preble County Jail at press time.
In another case, Simpson reported on Wednesday, April 29, deputies conducted a traffic stop for a traffic violation. During contact with the driver, deputies determined that the driver’s license was suspended. The driver also consented to allowing the deputy to search the vehicle. It was during this search that Deputies found prescription medication that did not belong to the driver, according to Simpson.
“Further investigation by the deputy determined that the prescription medication, along with other property in the car, had been taken from a residence shortly before the traffic stop,” Simpson said. “The driver later admitted he had taken the property without permission from the residence of his girlfriend’s parents. The burglary occurred in the 1000 block of South State Line Road in Dixon Township.”
Taken in the burglary was prescription medication, a loaded firearm, coins, video games, knives and DVDs, Simpson reported.
Deputies arrested Daniel R. Salyers, 31, of Eaton. He was formally charged in Eaton Municipal Court on Thursday, April 30, with crimes including: burglary, a third-degree felony (includes gun specification;) grand theft of a firearm, a third- degree felony; improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felon; petty theft, a first-degree misdemeanor and theft of drugs, a fourth-degree felony.
Salyers has since posted bond and was released from jail.
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