Two in custody after barn break in

By Mallory Powell -

Mark Smiar

Mark Smiar

Two out of four suspects are now in custody after breaking into a barn on July 31 belonging to Keith Languell of London.

Investigating the case is Lt. Eric Semler.

“There has been some recent night time break-ins that we feel they are responsible for,” Semler said.

One suspect, 29-year-old Mark Smiar, is currently in custody at the Tri-County Regional Jail under one charge of breaking and entering.

The camera on the barn door woke up the victim, according to Languell. He observed four suspects approach the door and noticed two suspects enter through the side window. This led to Languell calling 911 and had two deputies arrive on the scene.

Deputy Travis Schenck arrived and observed the area around the break in and located a vehicle on State Route 187 which possibly belonged to the suspects.

After continuing the search, Schenck came across the four suspects on a golf cart approaching the vehicle which led to the individuals fleeing into a wooded area North of State Route 187.

Upon further investigation, Languell reported nothing to be missing.

There are several other thefts in that area that are still under investigation.

That same night, these suspects had also stolen a Dodge Durango that was later recovered in Columbus close to where the individuals were arrested.

Semler wants to announce that if you see or hear anything at night, do not hesitate to call the sheriffs office at 740-852-1212.

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By Mallory Powell

Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616

Reach Mallory Powell at 740-852-1616, ext. 1616