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Hillsboro Police Announce Multiple Arrests After Spree Of Breakins

After multiple burglaries and break-ins, Hillsboro Police announce that they have six suspects in custody and more arrests and charges pending in the future. Hillsboro Police announced that they have arrested 37-year-old Jeffrey L. Atkinson of Schram City for burglary and possession of burglary tools; 29-year-old Cody N. Rice of Hillsboro for theft and possession of stolen property; 37-year-old Aaron M. Riley of Hillsboro on residential burglary, possession of stolen property, and possession of methamphetamine; 29-year-old Lauren B. Davidson of Hillsboro on possession of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine; 32-year-old Jacob Elkins of Hillsboro for criminal trespass to an unoccupied residence and possible further charges; and 31-year-old Ryan M. Harmon of Hillsboro for possession of burglary tools, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of a controlled substance.


On Christmas, Hillsboro Police learned that some vacant structures in and around Hillsboro had been burglarized by multiple people.  The suspects had been targeting seldom-visited storage units and residences where the owners hadn’t been for some time so nothing had been reported missing.


On December 29th, cut locks and a suspicious male were reported at 9:40 AM at the storage units on Route 16 in Schram City. Multiple units had been entered and one of the victims then discovered that her residence on Vandalia Road had been broken into.  Atkison was arrested on burglary and possession of burglary tools.


On January 1st and January 2nd, residences on Lake Street and Roundtree Street were broken into. At the Lake Street residence, the suspect was caught in the act of burglary and while the witness offered to give the suspect a ride, the witness tried taking the suspect to the police department and the suspect fled the vehicle and Rice was arrested on the 2nd. 


Also on January 2nd, thanks to a search warrant with the help of Montgomery County State’s Attorney Andrew Affrunti for an apartment on King Street, Riley and Davidson were both arrested. That same day, three industrial gas-powered generators were reported as being stolen from Beal Street in Hillsboro.


The next day, an investigation was conducted at a storage shed on North Road and Meisenheimer Avenue, north of Hillsboro, where more stolen property from the Lake Street burglary was recovered. Jacob Elkins was arrested for criminal trespass to an unoccupied residence.  Harmon was arrested on the 4th. 


The Hillsboro Police Department urges citizens to make sure residences and storage facilities are securely locked and regularly checked.  Report any suspicious activity or missing items to police.

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