An Eaton man is in jail on charges accusing him of breaking into at least two barns on Bantas Creek Road in West Alexandria to steal power tools and other items valued at roughly $10,000, Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson said Thursday.
Michael Mullins II was arrested by deputies after an investigation into two properties entered and items stolen.
According to the sheriff’s office:
On May 4, deputies were dispatched to the 4600 block of Bantas Creek Road regarding a breaking and entering at a barn. The male suspect fled in a gray sedan. The investigation revealed that approximately $4,000 to $5,000 worth of power tools and hand tools were stolen.
On May 6, deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Bantas Creek Road regarding a second breaking and entering at a local business during the overnight. The investigation revealed the suspect entered the lot in a gray four-door sedan, wore a face mask as he entered a barn and other vehicles, stealing several items with a value less than $1,000.00
Deputies were able to use security camera footage to identify the suspect vehicle as the same one they had dealt with days before on a drug overdose case.
Deputies located the vehicle’s owner, Mullins, who confessed to entering both barns and stealing items.
The sheriff’s office has returned most of the stolen items to the victims.
Mullins was formally charged Thursday in Eaton Municipal Court on the following: two counts, felony breaking and entering; a single county of felony theft; a single count of misdemeanor petty theft; and two counts of misdemeanor criminal trespassing.
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