The Ottawa County Sheriff's office is offering a cash reward for information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in
two burglaries this week.
Five Star Equipment, east of Miami on Highway 10, was the victim of a
Wednesday evening burglary.
"Two Cub Cadet zero turn mowers and a trailer were stolen sometime between
5:30-9 p.m.," said Undersheriff Bob Ernst. "The thieves entered the place of business by cutting the gate on Highway 10, they drove through the gate,
hooked up to a trailer and loaded two mowers then left the area."
Five Star owner, Jay Calan, said this isn't the first time.
"This is the fifth or sixth time we've been broken into in three years,"
said Calan. "At this rate we can't afford to stay in business."
Calan said there are residents and other businesses in the area who have
also been burglarized.
The previous night the Peoria Ridge Golf Course maintenance shop was also
"They had numerous items stolen," said Ernst. "Weed eaters, chain saws, pole saws, tools, wire feed welders, etc."
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to contact their
"Highway 10 is a very heavily traveled road," said Ernst. "Especially that
time of day and we believe somebody may have seen a truck pulling a trailer
with two yellow in color Cub Cadet mowers."
Ernst said "no matter how insignificant they might think their information
is" people should report it.
"There should be a public outcry about all of the burglaries we have been
having in Ottawa County," said Calan. "I chased some burglars off my
property just a couple months ago. Something has got to be done."
Sheriff Terry Durborow said across the board - state and even nationwide -
the crime rate is increasing.
"Residents and businesses just need to look out for each other," said
Durborow. "If you see someone at your neighbor's house that donšt look like they belong report it."
Durborow said his department covers over 500 square miles and sometimes with only three deputies on patrol.
"We can't be everywhere all of the time," said Durborow. "We really need the public's help. If you see someone loading lawnmowers or other equipment on a trailer after hours or someone messing around a business that doesn't look like they should be, call us."
Authorities are still seeking information about an armed robbery at Ron
Stockwell's home on March 19 and a robbery turned homicide at the home of
Sam Sanders in Fairland a couple weeks later.
"We don't believe the two home invasions are related," said Durborow. "And
we are following every lead we get."
Craig County authorities are searching for four people believed to be
involved in a series of home invasions that took place on the same day
within a five mile radius south of Bluejacket.
Anyone with information about any of these cases is urged to contact the
Ottawa County Sheriff's office at 542-2806 or Craig County Sheriff's office at 918-256-6466.