A joint investigation about area vehicle thefts by state troopers and the Willard Police Department has led to the arrest of a Willard man.
Eddie D. Tackett Jr., 24, of 604 Dale Ave., is charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, which is punishable by six to 18 months behind bars. The fourth-degree felony is in connection with an Aug. 16 incident.
Tackett must post a $5,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.
The investigation by police and the state Highway Patrol started in July.
"Several vehicles were stolen in a short time frame. They were scattered throughout the city," Chief Mark Holden said. "There was no set pattern, which is what made it so frustrating."
The operation began with the recovery of a 2004 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck from a private residence in Mansfield that was stolen from Willard. According to the patrol, six other people besides Tackett were taken into custody, but they haven't been charged.
Holden confirmed with the Reflector that authorities suspect Tackett has several accomplices.
For complete story read Wednesday's Norwalk Reflector.