Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones in mincing no words, and he is putting the department’s money where his mouth is.
On Friday, the sheriff’s office used social media to post pictures of suspect in a recent theft from a porch in Liberty Twp. The homeowner’s doorbell camera caught two photos of the suspect and the SUV he was allegedly driving.
“Do you know this subject? This person is a suspected porch pirate. He walked up on the victim’s porch, in the Carriage Hill Subdivision in Liberty Twp. taking packages that were left by a postal service, and fled the scene. Suspect and vehicle (Ford Escape) are pictured. If you recognize this suspect, please call Detective Mike Steele @ (513) 759-7347. Thank for your help!” the post says.
Today, Jones said the department is offering a $500 reward to the person who provides the suspect’s identity.
“500 bucks 2 first person who turns him in,” the sheriff tweeted.
Jones told the Journal-News his is sending a message.
“I hate a thief,” he said. “And everybody has been a victim of thieves. They are on porches stealing from people who work, not just here, but all over the country. I want people to be aware of it.”
He said the sheriff’s office has a fund for informants and rewards that is used often, but not always publicly.
“Some family member or somebody will turn him in for $500. They won’t for a $100, but they will for $500,” he said.
Jones said suspects drive around in neighborhoods when people are working and steal.
“They don’t care what is it is, sometimes it is life-saving medication,” Jones said. “I am fed up with it.”