Sheriff’s office has busy week


The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office has had a busy week, continuing investigations into break ins; making arrests in theft cases; and investigating a death.

– The department is currently investigating a burglary/theft that occurred in York Township in the county last month.

Investigating officers believe that there is a possibility that buyers may have unwittingly purchased some of the stolen items from the person who committed the burglary.

Here’s a list of the items that were reported stolen:

• A Sony, 32-inch Bravia 1080i flat screen television.

• A JVC 32-inch flat screen television.

• A Sony stereo receiver 7.1 surround system.

• A Sony Blu-Ray CD player with iPod docking station.

• A Sony camcorder.

• A men’s Citizen brand watch.

• A Passload brand air nailer.

• An 18-volt Dewalt combo impact drill set.

• An 18-volt Dewalt finish nailer.

Residents are asked to contact the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department at 427-3636 or the TIP line at 427-4427 if any items matching or similar to those listed have been purchased recently.

Unwitting buyers are NOT at risk of prosecution if the items are found to have been stolen.

A deal far too good to pass up can be an indicator that an item may be stolen. Anyone who is approached to buy an item and it’s “one of those kinds of deals”, the Switzerland County Sheriff’s office recommends informing the seller that you’d like to have the items inspected by police prior to making the purchase.

If the seller declines the request, good advice would be to avoid making the purchase.

These types of crimes affect the entire community; and the recovery of stolen items is often the only manner in which these cases can be solved.

– Switzerland County Sheriff Roy Leap reports that his office, in a joint operation with the Pennsylvania State Police, have identified two men in connection with a rash of thefts in the East Enterprise area last week.

The suspects identified were Jamie Blough, Jr., 19, of Dunlo, Pennsylvania; and Joshua Kerns, 21, of St. Michael, Pennsylvania.

During the investigation, a truck belonging to Switzerland County resident Nate Bovard was recovered in a reservoir close to Jamie Blough’s family residence. Investigators from the Switzerland County Sheriff’s office sent photos obtained from video surveillance here in the county to the Pennsylvania State Police, who was able to identify Jamie Blough as a local resident of Pennsylvania.

The subsequent investigation led to the identification of the second suspect, Joshua Kerns.

Jamie Blough was arrested in Pennsylvania on a parole violation warrant from that state for failure to report to his parole officer after being convicted in Pennsylvania on charges of theft.

The investigation in ongoing here in Switzerland County, and additional charges may be filed in Ohio and Dearborn counties, where other thefts occurred.

The Switzerland County Sheriff’s office asks that anyone with additional information about these or other thefts, contact the office at 427-3636.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

– This past Sunday, the Sheriff’s Communication Department received a 911 call at approximately 6:53 p.m. reporting a possible deceased male subject at a residence on Goodner Road near Fairview.

Switzerland County Sheriff’s deputies, , along with a trooper from the Indiana State Police, responded to the residence; and when they arrived at the scene, they found Gerald H. Williams, age 71, deceased in the home.

The cause of death is currently under investigation by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s office, assisted by the Switzerland County Coroner’s office and the Indiana State Police.

Anyone who may have information pertinent to this matter should call the sheriff’s office at 427-3636. All information is kept confidential.