P-Hill man charged with theft

Oburn, 18, stole from cars in Troy

By Melanie Yingst - myingst@civitasmedia.com



PLEASANT HILL — James L. Oburn, 18, of Pleasant Hill, was arraigned on 16 additional charges of theft from a rash of car break-ins last spring on Thursday.

Oburn’s cash bond was set for $160,000 and he remains in the Miami County Jail.

According to Capt. Joe Long, Oburn was linked to more than a dozen car break-ins around the Troy area. Oburn allegedly broke into the vehicles and took electronics, loose change, and a gun from April through mid-May.

More charges and more arrests may be pending, Capt. Long said. Oburn’s charges include three counts of third-degree felony theft, two counts of second-degree felony burglary, eight counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft, and four counts of fifth-degree felony theft charges.

On May 26, Miami County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the 7000 block of Lauver Road, Newton Township, in reference to a theft not in progress. At the conclusion of the investigation, Oburn was charged with theft.

Last January, Oburn was initially charged with two counts of burglary for stealing $200 from a resident in the 100 block of West Monument Street, Pleasant Hill, on two different occasions. The victim reported she noticed money had been stolen from her purse. Those charges were amended to aggravated trespassing in May and Oburn was placed on two years of probation and ordered to repay the victim in May.

Oburn, 18, stole from cars in Troy

By Melanie Yingst