At approximately 2am on today’s date, a large number of suspects conducted a “smash and grab” at the Cricket phone store inside Francis Office Supply in downtown Piqua. They were inside the store for less than a minute. Between six and ten suspects used two different vehicles for transportation. The vehicles were stolen from two different locations in Miami County.
A Piqua police officer located these vehicles several blocks from the crime scene, and they both fled. One was immediately pursued by the initial officer at high speeds until it was lost in west Dayton. The second vehicle was spotted a few minutes later by another Piqua police officer. It was pursued into east Dayton, where multiple suspects jumped out of the vehicle in a parking lot in the River Commons Apartment Complex, 144 E. Helena.
All of the involved suspects are currently at-large.
Images and video will be posted to department social media as available. We know these will not provide easily identifiable features, but if clothing looks familiar, broken glass was noticed on a possible suspect, or other features lead a citizen to suspect an individual, we would appreciate receiving a tip, anonymous or otherwise. Reward money is available for tipsters who can remain anonymous by calling 937-615-TIPS(8477), or use any of our other anonymous Submit-A-Tip methods accessible at www.bit.ly/PPDtips.
Police Media Release: 17MR11 – VIDEO 1
Police Media Release: 17MR11 – VIDEO 2
Media Contact: Deputy Chief Jason Preston, Patrol Division Commander, 937-778-2027 ext. 3025