Videos offer leads in string of Tidioute break-ins

The Tidioute town meeting held on Dec. 20 has resulted in possible leads for investigators in the recent string of break-ins and burglaries.

Initial images provided from security cameras revealed the suspects who wore hooded sweatshirts, jeans, and masks covering their faces have heights estimated at 5’9″ and 5’7″.

Deputy Randy Ickert of the Warren County Sheriff’s Department was present at the meeting to play video surveillance from the car wash and laundromat in Tidioute. After viewing the footage, the crowd of close to 80 people responded with the names of potential subjects that are not being released at this time.

“A lot of them have their suspicions,” said Tidioute Mayor Pam McLaughlin, “but without any solid evidence, they’re just names.”

According to McLaughlin, high school students from Tidioute Community Charter School were present, but didn’t seem to recognize either of the individuals, leading McLaughlin to believe the suspects are most likely not teenagers, but rather young adults.

“We’re just hoping to get them before they do any more damage to our little town,” said McLaughlin. “Sheriff (Kenneth) Klakamp and the deputies have really helped us out a lot in trying to figure out who it is.”

The two individuals have stolen approximately $2,700 in cash, $6,600 in checks, and caused more than $12,000 in damage, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Warren-based state police or Warren County CrimeStoppers.