Rural Ohio City man jailed in identity theft probe in VW County


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Tommy Searles, 56, was taken into custody Thursday after Van Wert County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at this rural Ohio City home.

Tommy Searles, 56, was taken into custody Thursday after Van Wert County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at this rural Ohio City home.


VAN WERT COUNTY — A rural Ohio City man was taken into custody by Van Wert County sheriff’s deputies following the execution of a search warrant at his home Thursday afternoon.

Tommy Searles, 56, was jailed on one charge of identity theft. He is also wanted on drug charges out of Huntington County, Indiana, authorities said.

According to Van Wert County Sheriff Thomas M. Riggenbach, the search warrant executed at 12001 state Route 81 in Liberty Township was the result of an investigation into identity theft and other related crimes.

During the search of the residence, suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia were discovered. Deputies then obtained a second search warrant to be able to seize those drug related items and any other drug related items that may be located.

Items seized for evidentiary purposes included miscellaneous medical paperwork, miscellaneous vehicle titles and deeds, multiple cell phones, a laptop computer, a .22-caliber rifle, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of white powder.

Searles is being held at the Van Wert County jail on one count of identity theft, a felony of the third degree.

Riggenbach asks anyone that has information on suspected crimes to contact the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office at 419-238-3866 or use the office website at www.vanwertcountysheriff.com and click on the “Submit a Crime Tip” link.

Tommy Searles, 56, was taken into custody Thursday after Van Wert County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at this rural Ohio City home.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/03/web1_Van-Wer-Co-house-search.jpgTommy Searles, 56, was taken into custody Thursday after Van Wert County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at this rural Ohio City home.

By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

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