With a recent barrage of thefts in Logan County, sheriff Wallace Whittaker is cautioning citizens to make sure their property is secured and doors, windows and out buildings are locked. He is also offering helpful tips for marking things that belong to you in the case something is taken.
Whittaker says each year the Logan County Sheriff’s Department investigates thefts and homes that have been burglarized. Usually, the articles stolen encompass personal and expensive items which causes the owner to be out thousands of dollars.
“The Logan County Sheriff’s Department wants to remind everyone to take the time to record serial numbers. In doing so, it will assist greatly in the recovery of the stolen items, as well as prosecution of the crime,” said Whittaker. “On the event an item is not equipped with a serial number, the owner can write or engrave their initials, or some other form of identification which will be easily recognizable.”
The department also suggests taking photographs of any valuable property in order to assist an investigation.
In the past two weeks, the sheriff’s department has made several arrests stemming from burglary or stolen property.
On Monday, Oct. 14, a female living in Lewisburg contacted the sheriff’s department about an incident that occurred on the weekend. The female stated that Jesus Santiago entered her home during the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 13, made sexual comments, and then attempted to fondle her upper torso area. According to a report, the female victim had to threaten physical violence to get Santiago to leave.
Santiago was located Monday, Oct. 14 and interviewed by deputies. He was later arrested and charged with Burglary and Sexual Abuse. He was lodged in the Logan County Detention Center.
On that same day, three young men were arrested in connection with a stolen golf cart and marijuana. According to a report, the sheriff’s department searched a residence and found a small amount of marijuana lying out in plain view. During the search, deputies also discovered a dark green golf cart located inside a small building in the back yard of the residence. The golf cart was found to be stolen from the Russellville Country Club.
Jacob T. Smith, 19, and Zachary Lee, 18 were arrested and charged with obscuring the identity of a machine. Alexander Jackson, 19, was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.
On Tuesday, Oct. 15 the sheriff’s department received information concerning a theft that occurred on Franklin Road last week. On Oct. 8 Frank Dockins reported his Honda 4 wheeler was stolen.
During an investigation it was determined that two area teenagers had allegedly stolen Dockins 4 wheeler. The 4 wheeler was recovered on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and returned to Dockins.
The sheriff advises that the case remains under investigation, but anticipates charges will be filed with juvenile services in the near future.