PIQUA — The following are highlights from the Piqua police reports. All information is provided by Piqua police reports and Miami County Municipal Court records.
ARSON: The Piqua Police Department assisted the Piqua Fire Department on a report of smoke coming from a residence on Park Avenue on Sept. 21 at 4:10 p.m. Upon arrival, they found a trash can sitting on a porch that was on fire. The fire department put out the fire and investigated the scene. According to police reports, “two male juveniles were burning trash and debris in the can.” A 16-year-old male and a 15-year-old male were charged with first-degree misdemeanor arson in connection with this incident.
AGGRAVATED ARSON WARRANT: Katharine K. Wells, 56, of Piqua was picked up on a warrant and incarcerated on Sept. 22 for first-degree felony aggravated arson. According to previous reports, Well is accused of setting a fire that destroyed a house on Janet Drive in August. She reportedly made a statement about setting her curtains on fire in front of multiple witnesses.
It is not believed that she was attempting to hurt anyone or that she was attempting collect any insurance money. She was the only occupant of the home at the time of the incident. According to the Piqua Fire Department, the property loss was estimated at $100,000 and the loss of the contents inside the home was around $15,000.
Well is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $75,000 bond. Prior to incarceration, she was believed to be receiving mental health treatment.
CRIMINAL DAMAGES: There was a report of tires being slashed on a vehicle on West Ash Street overnight between Sept. 20-21.
THEFT: A weed eater was reported stolen from a vehicle on South Street on Sept. 21 at 10:27 a.m.
A tablet and medication were reported stolen from a residence on South Downing Street between Sept. 19-21.
SUSPICIOUS: A resident reported finding his garage door open on Cherokee Drive after coming home on Sept. 21 at 10:36 a.m. Nothing was reported missing.
A property owner reported someone attempting to break into one of his rental properties on West Greene Street between Sept. 19-21. The residence was empty, there was no damage done, and there was no entry was made.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT: An officer responded to Piqua Central Intermediate School on Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. There was a report of a victim being hit by another student. A male juvenile offender, 11, was charged with fourth-degree misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
BURGLARY: Three handguns were reported stolen from a residence on Mound Street on Sept. 21 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A children’s toy playhouse was reported stolen from a garage on Park Avenue sometime between Sept. 17-21.
A resident reported that the back door of a residence was kicked in on Cherry Street on Sept. 21 between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. A television was reported stolen.
MENACING: There was a report of a subject making threats about another person at a residence on South Main Street on Sept. 21 between 2:22-3:22 p.m.
FOUND PROPERTY: A bicycle was found on South College Street on Sept. 21. It was placed into police property.
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