Reward in Greenwich burglary

GREENWICH - The Huron County Sheriff's Office is offering an undisclosed monetary reward leading to the direct arrest and conviction of the suspects wanted in connection with a violent Greenwich Milan Townline Road burglary Sunday. "We believe it's two suspects, possibly more," Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

GREENWICH — The Huron County Sheriff's Office is offering an undisclosed monetary reward leading to the direct arrest and conviction of the suspects wanted in connection with a violent Greenwich Milan Townline Road burglary Sunday.

"We believe it's two suspects, possibly more," Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said.

Sheriff Richard Sutherland said his office is offering the reward because an assault "hits close to home."

"You don't like to see people injured," he said. "I hope somebody comes forward, (so) that we can get enough information that we can solve this."

The masked male suspects entered the rural Greenwich home by force about 11:30 p.m. Sunday and assaulted the two victims, a man and his fiancee in their early 20s. The culprits also are accused of tying up the couple, ransacking the house and fleeing with an undisclosed amount of money about 30 minutes after their arrival.

The couple were able to free themselves and called the man's mother, Howard said. A deputy's report indicates the mother-in-law called 9-1-1 about 45 minutes after the original incident.

When asked to elaborate on how the victims freed themselves, Howard said: "I'm not going to comment on the specifics of the crime scene."

The man, who was hit with a blunt object, was released from Fisher-Titus Medical Center mid-day Tuesday.

"I believe he is going to need some follow-up care," Howard said.

The victim suffered some lacerations, Capt. Bob McLaughlin said earlier. Sutherland saw the man after he completed an interview at the sheriff's office.

"He was pretty well battered," the sheriff said. "I think he was sore all over."

Howard said the woman was assaulted, but not to the extent the man was.

The couple's 2-month-old child was home at the time of the crime, but was not injured.

Agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation processed the scene for several hours late Sunday night and early Monday morning. Howard has described the incident as "a very violent scene."

Deputies have interviewed more than 20 people in connection with the burglary. It's unclear how many are suspects or tipsters.

"We've spoken to more than that," Howard said. "We'll see what that yields."

Sutherland is hoping tipsters who speak to deputies won't have bogus information.

"We don't want 100 different leads that end up being nothing," the sheriff said.

The last time the sheriff's office offered a reward for tips in a crime was the four armed robberies at three convenience stores in late October through mid-November. Sutherland said two tipsters split the undisclosed amount.

Residents with information about the Greenwich burglary are encouraged to call the Huron County Sheriff's Office at (419) 663-2828. Anonymous tipsters may leave a message at (419) 663-2820.