Alleged theft attempt ends in pursuit

Over $4,000 worth of items recovered

By Sam Wildow -




PIQUA — Two Michigan men were apprehended after allegedly attempting to steal over $4,400 worth of merchandise from Walmart in Piqua over the weekend.

Isaac E. Hunley, 33, of Detroit, Mich., was charged with first-degree misdemeanor attempt and third-degree felony failure to comply with order or signal of police officer in connection with this incident. Shandra J. Siebert, 28, of Highland Park, Mich., was charged with first-degree misdemeanor theft and first-degree misdemeanor obstructing justice.

A complainant at Walmart said he saw them fill carts with items before leaving the carts near the front of the store and leaving. According to Piqua police reports, the men abandoned the items when they saw law enforcement and ran to a vehicle. They reportedly went separate ways, Hunley driving away in a van and Siebert walking away.

Piqua police pursued Hunley with emergency lights and sirens. An officer also attempted to tell Hunley to stop his vehicle over a PA system. Piqua police ended the pursuit when Hunley reached I-75 North

Hunley then allegedly fled from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Other agencies attempted to strike the van with spike strips two times. He was eventually taken into custody in Allen County and arrested on numerous charges after wrecking the vehicle he was driving. A warrant for Hunley was requested for charges in Piqua.

Siebert was taken into custody near Arby’s. He claimed that he did not know Hunley, but that he paid Hunley to take him from Detroit to Troy then back to Detroit. Siebert said that Hunley was the one filling the carts with items and that he did not know what Hunley was planning on doing. Siebert said that they left their carts once they saw police.

A witness reported seeing both Siebert and Hunley putting items in the carts. According to reports, there were over 120 items in the carts, including a large amount of make-up and skin hygiene products, hard drives, water filters, video games, headlight bulbs for vehicles, small girls’ clothing items, and other clothing items.

Siebert was arrested and incarcerated in the Miami County Jail, where he is currently being held on $10,000 bond.

In other news:

A Piqua man is in jail after allegedly breaking into a home and attempting to fight the resident.

Michael W. Butts, 27, of Piqua, was charged with first-degree felony aggravated burglary over the weekend in connection with this incident and arraigned Monday morning.

According to Piqua police reports, Butts kicked in the front door of a residence on the 200 block of South Downing Street around 6 a.m. Saturday, causing damage to the door. He reportedly attempted to assault one of the occupants before one of them chased him out of the house with a knife. Butts reportedly left the scene in a vehicle with two other male subjects. The fight was reportedly over a woman.

Butts was gone prior to officer arrival, but was later picked up at his home. He is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $100,000 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 24.



Over $4,000 worth of items recovered

By Sam Wildow

Reach the writer at (937) 451-3336

Reach the writer at (937) 451-3336


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