Piqua police reports highlights


By Sam Wildow - [email protected]



PIQUA — The following are highlights from the Piqua police reports. All information is provided by Piqua police reports.

BURGLARY: An officer responded to a report of a burglary on the 1200 block of W. High Street on Jan. 3 at 5 p.m. According to police reports, “the victim advised that she rented a carpet cleaner from a business and the business owner entered her home to retrieve the equipment while no one was home.” The carpet cleaner was reportedly rented from Ace Hardware, located at 1942 Covington Ave. in Piqua. William J. Klosterman, 61, of Piqua was charged with fourth-degree felony burglary in connection with this incident.

In a statement provided to police, Klosterman reportedly admitted to entering the home through a garage and an unlocked door after being concerned about the victim’s well-being and the carpet cleaner. “I figured that since she was having car trouble and family health issues I would return the machine to Ace and give her a call immediately,” Klosterman’s alleged statement read. Klosterman claimed he “took this compassionate approach not to report this machine stolen due to her circumstances,” according to police reports. According to Klosterman’s statement, the business had been trying to contact the victim “for days without response.”

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Two female juveniles were reportedly in a physical altercation at the Piqua High School on Jan. 4 at 11:42 a.m. According to police reports, both females were suspended from school and charged with disorderly conduct.

THEFT: A stolen check was reported at St. Boniface on the 300 block of S. Downing Street on Jan. 4. A pre-signed blank check was allegedly made out to an individual and cashed without authorization.

An adult white female reportedly shoplifted two pairs of jeans from Elder Beerman on Jan. 4 at 4:20 p.m. A summons was issued for Victoria J. Coppock, 34, of Piqua for first-degree misdemeanor theft.

ASSAULT: A male reportedly struck a female in the face and refused to let her out of the vehicle they were in at Linden Avenue and Hancock Street on Jan. 4 at 12:53 p.m. James D. Lawson, 42, of Piqua was charged with first-degree misdemeanor assault and third-degree misdemeanor unlawful restraint in connection with this incident.

FRAUD: A complainant reported that someone had transferred “a large sum of money” from her and her husband’s bank account using fake identification. The report was made on Jan. 4.

HIT SKIP: A hit skip accident was reported on the 300 block of S. Downing Street on Jan. 4 at 6:40 p.m.

OVI: An officer was dispatched to a possible accident on the 700 block of S. Main Street near the Orr Felt Company on Jan. 4 at 6:55 p.m. It was found not be an accident, but the driver of the vehicle was reportedly intoxicated. Anthony D. Stanze, 35, of Piqua was charged with first-degree misdemeanor OVI.

SUSPICIOUS: A complainant reported a male in a black hoodie knocking in her back and running at the Piqua Village Apartments, located at 1345 Covington Avenue, on Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. The male fled on foot toward the Woodgate Apartments.

The Piqua Police Department can be contacted at (937) 778-2027. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling 937-615-TIPS (8477) or by visiting www.piquaoh.org/police_submitatip.htm for more information.

To submit an anonymous tip through text messaging, type the keyword PIQUAPD and the message, then send it to 274637.

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By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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