CAREY — The Carey Police Department has arrested two Hancock County residents who are suspected of breaking into Saum’s Carry-Out last week, as well as committing several other burglaries in the area.
In a post on the department’s Facebook page, police said Johnny Ray Smith, 24, and Seth Wilcox, 25, were arrested during a search of a residence at 9037 Hancock County 23, Alvada.
Both men were charged with one count of breaking and entering, and safecracking, and are being held in the Seneca County jail, Carey police said.
Carey police said tips from the public allowed them to identify a suspect in last Tuesday’s break-in at the carryout, 501 N. Vance St., where a cash register was stolen.
Carey police said the Wyandot County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a similar incident that occurred at Sandy Bob’s Patio Bar and Grill, 2008 Ohio 199, Carey. The sheriff’s office and the Wyandot County Prosecutor’s Office took the lead in the investigation, and discovered there had been similar incidents in other areas.
An investigation with multiple agencies — including the Tiffin Police Department, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and Upper Sandusky Police Department — then took place, resulting in a search warrant being obtained for the Hancock County 23 residence.
The search turned up “substantial evidence and linked the suspects to multiple break-ins throughout several jurisdictions,” according to Carey police. Suspected heroin, marijuana and other drug-abuse evidence were also found.
Separately on Facebook, the Tiffin Police Department reported that Smith and Wilcox may have been involved in a break-in Monday morning at the Viaduct Bar, 84 N. Washington St., Tiffin. A large floor safe, a wall-mounted coin changer, and cash was stolen.
The cases remain under investigation.