Cars Broken Into; Thief May Have Been Spotted
A thief or thieves hit parked cars in the village, mostly during the night of Monday-Tuesday, Nov. 8-9, netting about $389 in cash, and doing another $200 damage.
The thief may have been caught in the act, but eluded his pursuer.
Kevin L. Stamm told Archbold police officers he went to his home about 3:30 am to make sure his son had locked his sport-utility vehicle.
As he approached, he saw a male inside. The subject got out, jumped on a bicycle, and pedaled off. The subject then jumped off the bike and began to run to the west, between houses.
Stamm tried to find the subject, but lost him.
Stamm told officers he couldn’t tell if items were missing.
Others who suffered losses:
•Phillip Bontrager, 319 W. Holland St., cars broken in between 8 pm, Nov. 8 and 4 am, Nov. 9; personal music player missing; value: $20.
•Hannah Rosales, 102 East Beech St., two vehicles broken in during the nighttime hours of Nov. 8-9, compact disc case and compact discs stolen; value: $150.
•Phillip Rupp, 102 Park Street, car broken in between 8:30 pm, Nov. 8 and 7:30 am, Nov. 9; $5 in change taken.
•Lizbeth F. Ruscigno, Archbold, minivan broken in between 10:45 am and 12:30 pm while parked outside FISH Food Pantry, 1309 South Defiance St.; global positioning system navigation unit stolen; value: $100.
•Allen Schweinhagen, 405 South Street, two cars broken in between 4 pm, Nov. 7 and 5 pm, Nov. 9; $4 in coins and a cell phone accessory taken; loss: $14.
•Deanna Smallman, 101 Union St., car broken in by throwing a rock through driver side window sometime between 9 pm, Nov. 8 and 8 am, Nov. 9; personal music player stolen; loss: $300.
Police received a report that may or may not be connected with the thefts.
A small decorative tree at the Natalie Short residence, 211 DeGroff Ave., was damaged. The damage to the tree was reported at 5:50 am.
The Archbold police report states the tree was damaged “by a subject running west between the houses."