‘Smash and grab’ leads to two police pursuits


Stolen vehicles used to flee from police

By Sam Wildow - swildow@dailycall.com



PIQUA — An early morning burglary at the Cricket Wireless Store in downtown Piqua resulted in two police chases Monday.

The Piqua Police Department received a report about a group of people breaking into the Cricket Wireless Store, located at 124 N. Main St. in Piqua, at approximately 2 a.m. Monday. Between six and 10 suspects conducted a “smash and grab” at the Cricket store, breaking the door glass to gain entry to the business before stealing cell phones and cash.

According to Deputy Chief Jason Preston of the Piqua Police Department, the suspects fled in a silver Mustang and a silver truck, which Piqua police officers located a couple blocks away from the scene a few minutes after receiving the report. Piqua officers then pursued the suspect vehicles, which led officers on two separate chases.

The silver Mustang fled on South Main Street and then west through Troy before getting onto Interstate 75. The silver truck also fled on southbound I-75, exiting onto the highway in Piqua.

Miami County Sheriff’s deputies and the Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers assisted on the chases. Speeds reached upward of 100 miles per hour at times, according to reports.

Troopers lost contact with the silver Mustang in west Dayton. The silver truck stopped in east Dayton, exiting onto Stanley Avenue and stopping in front of an apartment complex, where multiple suspects jumped out of the vehicle in a parking lot in the River Commons Apartment Complex, 144 E. Helena. The occupants of the vehicle fled on foot and eluded law enforcement.

Both of the suspect vehicles used in the chase had been stolen.

Images and video will be posted to department social media as available.

In other news:

A company vehicle belonging to Francis Office Supply was reported stolen Monday at approximately 10:30 a.m. and was later found in Troy.

An employee had taken the vehicle to CVS, and the vehicle, a 2003 Saturn Ion, was gone when the employee had returned from inside the store.

According to Captain Joe Long of the Troy Police Department, officers responded to the 300 block of Plum Street around 2 p.m. Monday on a report of a suspicious vehicle where the Francis Office Supply vehicle was then recovered. A witness said she saw a white male exit the vehicle. The keys were found in the ignition and returned to the owner. The case is still pending.

For those with possible information on either incident, the Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling (937) 615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting piquaoh.org/city-departments/police-department/submit-a-tip/ for more information. To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.

Stolen vehicles used to flee from police

By Sam Wildow

swildow@dailycall.com

Melanie Yingst contributed to this article. Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336.

Melanie Yingst contributed to this article. Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336.