From the Miami County Republic of January 8, 2009
Armed resident defends home against burglars
A home intruder got more than he bargained for Thursday morning at a residence in rural Wellsville.
Miami County Sheriff’s deputies responded to 37895 W. 239th St. after a resident reported hearing a break-in at his home, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
The lone resident hid in the closet on the second floor until he heard the suspect enter the room and open the closet door. The resident then declared he had a firearm, and the suspect fled the house, according to the release.
The suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 215 pounds. He was wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans and a ski mask.
The armed homeowner watched the suspect flee in a newer blue Chevrolet extended cab S-10 pickup truck, according to the release. Deputies searched the area but could not locate the vehicle.
A short time later, another resident in the area reported suspicious people at her home fitting the same appearance and vehicle description.
According to the release, the homeowner met them at her door and was asked if an unknown person lived there. When she told them “no,” they left.
Sheriff’s officers warn that this type of activity can also be a ploy of residential burglars. They knock on the door, and when nobody answers, they break in. If contacted at the door, they ask for a fictitious person.