A multi-agency investigation in Butler and Warren County has arrested two suspects wanted in a string of smash-and-grab burglaries in the area.
David Williams, 43, and Janet Ellis, 18, both of Middletown, have been charged with nine counts of breaking and entering in connection with burglaries in the Middletown area last week.
The pair are expected to be charged with a total of 32 counts of breaking and entering as other jurisdictions file charges, according to Middletown police officials.
The multi-agency investigation formed after the string of burglaries involving two dozen businesses in the past week.
The latest burglaries in Warren County occurred during the early morning hours Tuesday, when four businesses in Mason were struck. Additional burglaries were reported last week in Monroe, Middletown, Lebanon and Franklin Township.
Most took place between overnight hours at small businesses in strip malls without alarms. In each of the cases, a suspect shattered glass entry doors and windows with rocks and grabbed cash out of the registers, said Warren County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brandon Lacy.
After a Tuesday news conference at the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, similar burglaries were reported in Fairfield Township, said Lacy. The suspects were arrested around midnight Sunday following additional burglaries that occurred that evening in Loveland, he said.
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