Police: Thief caught red-handed at Moraine business thanks to enhanced security

Security enhancements alerted the owner of Target Tool Friday night to a trespasser, and he called police.

“We located one gentlemen actively stealing from the business,” Moraine police Sgt. Chris Selby said. “There was a short foot pursuit and he was arrested at the Marathon station across the street.”

Selby identified him as 53-year-old Michael T. Ferryman of Xenia. He was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on suspicion of breaking and entering and obstructing official business.

Michael T. Ferryman

Police initially believed there were two suspects, but after reviewing security video it was determined they apprehended the only theft suspect.


A police K-9 team is tracking someone trespassing at Target Tool after another suspect was taken into custody.

Police were called to the business at 2550 Dryden Road in Moraine sometime around 8:40 p.m. for a report of two men trespassing.

The K-9 team was from Kettering.

It’s not clear whether they were able to break into the business, nor whether they took anything.

Moraine has had some trouble with trespassers lately. 

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So far, two men have been indicted in the case.

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