PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department is investigating a series of thefts and incidents of breaking and entering on High Street earlier this week.
Monday morning, a resident reported that his wallet had been stolen from his unlocked vehicle overnight on the 1500 block of W. High Street sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. According to Deputy Chief Jason Preston, the victim found out his credit card had been used at Kroger before the victim had a chance to report the card as stolen.
Two local businesses were also the targets of break-ins the previous night. Incidents of breaking and entering were reported at Sunset Dental and Highstyles Hair Designers on the 1700 block of W. High Street on Sunday morning, according to Preston. A small amount of cash was reportedly taken. A detached garage was also reportedly broken into on the 1600 block of W. High Street during the same time frame.
The Piqua Police Department is looking into finding out if those incidents are related or not.
The Miami County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating a similar break-in reported at the Oakview Veterinary Hospital, located on the 3700 block of Brown Road in Piqua. The Oakview Veterinary Hospital was reportedly broken into Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Cash was also targeted at the Oakview Veterinary Hospital like the other reported break-ins in Piqua.
Chief Deputy Dave Duchak of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office said that there are some similarities between the break-in at the Oakview Veterinary Hospital and the break-ins reported in Piqua. Duchak added that they cannot say for sure if all of the incidents are connected.
“The detectives are all working together,” Duchak said. The sheriff’s office also submitted evidence to the Miami Valley Regional Crime Lab to be analyzed.
Those with information about the break-ins or thefts in Piqua can contact the Piqua Police Department at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.
To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.
Those with information about the break-in at Oakview Veterinary Hospital can contact the Miami County Sheriff’s Office at (937) 440-3965. Tips can be submitted on their website at www.miamicountysheriff.org/contact-us-1/tips.
Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall