Milford Police have resolved three reports of vehicle break-ins over the past week.
The case broke open late Wednesday afternoon, when, through the vigilance of employees at The Papers Inc., one of the break-ins and suspicious activity in The Papers Inc., parking lot was observed. Police were immediately alerted and given a description of the suspect.
Additional assistance came from a surveillance camera at the business, which provided a visual of the suspect entering one of the vehicles.
The first report of a vehicle break-in came on Friday, Sept. 26, when Marvin Bontrager, of West Catherine Street, Milford, exited his residence to discover a window broken out of his mini van. Though the window was broken, nothing was found to be taken.
Angela Deak, Milford, reported the passenger side window of her vehicle broken out while parked on Emeline Street, south of Main Street, on Monday morning. A wallet was removed from her locked vehicle.
The report that broke the case came Wednesday morning, when The Papers, Inc. employees observed the theft from a vehicle owned by Barbara VanGoey, Bristol. Items taken from VanGoey’s vehicle, which was parked on the north side of Emeline Street, included a digital camera, cell phone and other miscellaneous items.
Police were immediately notified of the incident and officers with Milford Police Department and Indiana State Police Department began a search for the suspect within minutes of the theft. Though the search began immediately after the incident, the suspect could not be located at that time.
Police were able to review video surveillance from the The Papers, Inc. to determine the identity of the suspect, which has not been released by law enforcement at this time. Because of the surveillance camera, police were able to locate the suspect. He was detained and questioned by police.
According to Milford Police Officer Travis Marsh, the suspect has admitted to all three vehicle break-ins and a majority of the items stolen have been recovered by officers.
Information has been sent to the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s office for official charges.