PIQUA — Deputies from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office are seeking assistance with identifying theft suspects. On Tuesday, Dec. 1, two black females reportedly entered the Springcreek Elementary School on U.S. Route 36 during school hours at approximately 3:30 p.m. The suspects allegedly entered two classrooms and stole two purses, according to Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The females reportedly entered the school through the west gymnasium doors. The females entered the premises during the time students were leaving for the day. According to Miami County Sheriff’s Office reports, “[during] the same time frame, parents were allowed into the building to pick up items for a fundraiser event.”
Video footage showed teachers leaving their classrooms and escorting students to the appropriate bus or car rider pickup areas. While the teachers and students cleared the hallway, the suspects reportedly entered the classrooms and targeted the teachers’ purses.
Credit cards from the purses were later reportedly used at several businesses in Piqua. A third female suspect is believed to be involved, as she was seen on video leaving the Piqua Walmart where some of the credit card transactions occurred.
Suspects were in a newer model red Toyota sedan, possibly a Camry or Corolla. The vehicle appears to display a 45-day Ohio temporary tag.
This case is currently pending.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspects is asked to contact Deputy Chase Underwood at (937) 440-6085, Ext. 7015 or the Miami County Communication Center at (937) 440-9911.
All information is provided by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.