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Grand jury indicts man accused of stealing, painting ATV

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

A Willard man is accused of being found in possession of a yellow ATV stolen from an Ohio 162 residence in rural Monroeville.

Phillip J. Faulkner, 22, of 144 S. Ohio 99, reportedly painted the ATV black, Assistant Prosecutor Richard Woodruff said.

Faulkner was charged with breaking and entering in connection with a Sept. 26 incident. He also was indicted on tampering with evidence stemming from a Sept. 24 offense.

He was one of eight defendants indicted Friday by a Huron County grand jury.

About 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26, deputies responded to the home of Faulkner's parents because Faulkner reportedly had reactions from a possible drug overdose on the front porch.

"When we got there, he had fled on foot," Detective Josh Querin said soon afterward. "We were very concerned for his welfare and safety because his parents said he was suicidal."

Querin and three other deputies began searching for Faulkner, who was found hiding in a camper on Bauman Road in Greenfield Township.

"The breaking-and-entering charge is for him breaking into the camper and hiding from us," Querin said.

During the investigation of the ATV theft earlier that same week, deputies said they found the ATV stolen from Monroeville in a ravine east of the Faulkner residence and one suspected of being stolen from Shelby.

Detectives obtained a search warrant.

During the search, detectives reported finding a marijuana-growing operation on the property and seized numerous drug instruments, suspected heroin, marijuana and prescription pills as evidence. Shelby police and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which was investigating a poaching complaint, assisted with the search.

Several people were arrested -- including Faulkner's parents and older sister -- on drug-related, tampering with evidence and receiving stolen property charges.

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