Piqua police pick up alleged burglar

By Sam Wildow - swildow@aimmedianetwork.com



PIQUA — Piqua police picked up Ethan D. Grunkemeyer, 25, of Piqua, on a warrant for burglary and receiving stolen property charges this week.

On Oct. 19, a victim related to Grunkemeyer stated he had taken an assortment of items from her home on Maplewood Drive, according to Piqua police reports. Those items included: an Apple iPad, an Xbox 360, three Xbox controllers, three Xbox games, a television, a GPS unit, a laptop, and a grass trimmer.

An officer uncovered pawn tickets that reportedly connected Grunkemeyer to numerous of these same items pawned at stores in Dayton and Troy. One of the items was also allegedly pawned by Danielle E. Short, 26, of Piqua.

Charges of receiving stolen property were filed against both Grunkemeyer and Short.

On Oct. 21, Grunkemeyer was reportedly named as a possible suspect in stealing a lawn mower from that same residence and victim. The lawn mower was allegedly taken from inside an attached garage. The victim stated she saw Grunkemeyer load the lawn mower into the bed of a white pickup truck.

An officer discovered a pawn ticket from Don’s Pawn Shop in Dayton, where Grunkemeyer had reportedly pawned a lawn mower and an air conditioning unit, which had also been reported stolen by another one of Grunkemeyer’s relatives.

In connection with that investigation, Grunkemeyer was charged with burglary.

Grunkemeyer is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on a total of $45,000 bond.


By Sam Wildow


Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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