Teens with Dayton, Kettering ties suspects in rash of thefts of BLM, Biden, LGBTQ symbols

Two Kettering juveniles have been identified as suspects in the rash of political signs and symbols reported recently, police said. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF

Credit: Marshall Gorby

Credit: Marshall Gorby

OAKWOOD – Police say five juvenile males have confessed in a spree of thefts of political signs and symbols reported recently and authorities are seeking more suspects.

Two former Dayton teens living in Jamestown and one Dayton resident told authorities Thursday night they were involved in at least 10 thefts occurring Aug. 22, the Oakwood Safety Department said in a release Friday.

Those three join two Kettering teens who told police earlier Thursday they were involved in thefts from at least four homes, authorities said.

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All of the suspects range in age from 13-17, Oakwood officials said.

Oakwood officials said they received reports of yard sign and flag thefts from 20 homes. Residents said the symbols included signs for Democrat Party presidential nominee Joe Biden, Black Lives Matter and flags in support of the LGBTQ community.

“Thefts were investigated; two groups involved were promptly identified; and the cases are being prepared for prosecution,” said Oakwood Safety Department Chief Alan Hill said in city’s release.

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“Our residents can be confident that the men and women of this department will thoroughly investigate all criminal activity to ensure that Oakwood remains a very safe place to live and work,” he added.

Hill said in an email to the Dayton Daily News “formal charges have not been filed at this time as we are still trying to determine the full involvement of each group and determine if they may be linked to other unsolved theft of signs incidents….this still very much remains an active investigation.”

Seventeen residents are listed as victims in the crimes reported on nine streets, police records dated Aug. 21 show. Oakwood officials said Thursday the thefts occurred from Aug. 20-23.

Those thefts were reported from homes on East Drive, Forrer Boulevard, Hathaway Road, Monteray Avenue, Oak Knoll Drive, Peach Orchard Avenue, Shroyer Road, and Telford and Triangle avenues, police records state.

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