Driver in Kalida turns out to be contractor for basement repairs

By Jennifer Peryam -

KALIDA — The driver of a red Mini Cooper that made people in Kalida worrisome on Tuesday turned out to be a contractor getting estimates for repairs.

Kalida neighbors reported seeing the driver in the Lammers Subdivison in Kalida on Tuesday. They thought he was trying to get children to go into his vehicle.

Instead, he is a contractor getting estimates for waterproofing basement repairs, Brian Siefker, Putnam County’s sheriff, said during a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon that the sheriff’s office continued its investigation on the Mini Cooper, and they were able to make contact with the driver, previously identified as a gray-bearded man.

Siefker said the Westerville Police Department had a photo of the individual in question’s license plate from a Kalida neighbor. Westerville PD contacted the man and had him call the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday morning. He talked to a detective to inform why he was in Putnam County.

“He was lost; he saw the kids playing outside in the area of where he thought he needed to be and asked them who owned the house,” Siefker said.

The man said he was not trying to get kids but simply was lost and had the wrong house. The mother of the children verified he was not trying to get the children into his vehicle.

Siefker said the address the man was trying to find was in Kalida, however it was a Columbus Grove address.

“We made contact with Franklin County (where he is from), he does not have a record,” Siefker said. “For his job, he will be in Northwest Ohio every Tuesday to get estimates for basement repairs. He simply got lost in the area and had the wrong address.”

By Jennifer Peryam

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