In case you missed it: 3 recent Springfield crimes

Here are three crime stories the Springfield News-Sun reported recently.

1. One of Clark County’s most wanted indicted

Heather Shaw, 34, was indicted in Clark County Common Pleas Court this week on charges of theft and failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

Shaw, who is currently at large, is facing additional charges from other crimes — and is on the Clark County Sheriff’s Office list of most wanted criminals.

She is considered armed and dangerous, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office website.

Shaw’s most recent crime allegedly occurred on March 12 at Big Lots on 205 E. Leffel Ln. in Springfield, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

“(Witness) stated that he was alerted by an off duty employee that a female was leaving the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise without paying for it,” the affidavit said.

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The witness confronted the woman and told her to bring the items back inside, or he would call the police, the affidavit said.

“She told him, ‘they can’t do anything,’” the affidavit said.

Upon reviewing Big Lots’ security footage, detectives were able to make contact with the owner of the vehicle the woman was seen placing the stolen items into, the affidavit said.

“(Vehicle owner) stated that she was the one driving the vehicle at the time and she thought the items had been paid for,” the affidavit said. “She was then asked who the female was that was with her and she stated it was Heather Shaw.”

2. Man accused of 9th OVI, arrested in Clark County 

Randy Delong, 39, was arrested on Tuesday night for operating a motor vehicle under the influence for the ninth time, making this his fourth felony OVI if convicted, according to the Springfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A trooper found Delong around 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday stumbling into the road on the ramp from I-70 onto Enon Road after he sideswiped a semi-truck, resulting in a flat tire to his pickup truck, OSHP said.

The trooper then arrested Delong after determining he was highly intoxicated with slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath.

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Delong has been convicted of OVI seven times, including three felony convictions, OSHP said. An OVI arrest becomes a felony after someone is convicted of three or more OVI offenses in the past 10 years, or five or more OVI convictions during the last 20 years.

According to OSHP, Delong was convicted of a felony OVI in Clark County from a 2005 arrest, then again in Montgomery and Lawrence counties from arrests in 2012 and 2015. He was sentenced to four years in prison from his 2015 felony OVI conviction but was given judicial release in September 2017. He also has a pending OVI charge in Clark County from an arrest in North Hampton in February.

3. Springfield gas station burglar takes hand sanitizer, snacks and vapes

Officers were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. on Monday to BP gas station, 2598 E. Main St., in reference to a burglary to the business, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they spoke with an employee who said sometime overnight an unknown man broke into the business.

“An unknown male forced entry to the business by smashing the window and door glass on the west side of the business, then reaching through a hole he created in the door and disengaging the lock,” the report says.

“The unknown suspect then entered the store, selected several consumable items, a large tray with an unknown quantity of vapes and hand sanitizer before leaving the business to the northwest.”

RELATED: Burglar takes hand sanitizer, snacks and vapes from Springfield BP gas station

Along with the stores surveillance video, the employee told police he spoke with a neighbor in the area who also had video of the suspect getting out of a vehicle and then fleeing back northwest after the suspect gets out of view of the store cameras, the report says.

According to the report, the suspect was wearing blue jeans and a pea green or brown hooded jacket. He reportedly stole a tray containing a large quantity of vapes, three bottles of hand sanitizer and miscellaneous snack cakes and donuts.

Springfield police continue their investigation into this burglary.

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