Local bondsman Zac Crumrine has announced a $4,000 increase to the reward for information leading to the arrest of Randy Ruff.
The former Detroit resident who has been living in the Willard area is wanted on an original charge of grand theft.
The award is now $5,000, Crumrine said. He added the court has imposed a Feb. 28 deadline for authorities to locate Ruff.
"It's super frustrating," Crumrine said about not being able to find the defendant.
"It's the first time in six (or) seven years that we haven't been able to find someone," Crumrine said. "He's just a bad guy to have out there. Everybody's looking for him."
"He's definitely armed. ... He's got guns and he said he's not going back to prison," Crumrine told the Reflector last month.
Crumrine said the pick-up radius for Ruff has been extended to the entire country. That means if, for example, he's pulled over for a traffic violation anywhere in the United States, authorities can arrest and hold him to be picked up on the warrant. Previously the pick-up radius didn't extend outside Ohio, Crumrine said.
Anyone who knows Ruff's whereabouts or has seen him recently is encouraged to call Crumrine at (419) 577-0078 or Crumrine's business partner Shon at (419) 917-2663. People also can call the Norwalk Police Department with the information at (419) 663-6780.