Alleged thief caught


PIQUA — Piqua resident Marcus E. Turnbill, 42, was arrested Thursday, June 25, on multiple theft charges and one drug-related charge after reportedly being found with stolen items and hypodermic needles. Turnbill was pulled over while driving after both himself and his vehicle reportedly matched the description of a suspect in a theft from Napa Auto Parts on Thursday at 1:40 p.m.

According to Piqua police reports, a witness reported seeing a man drive up to Napa in a maroon car before entering and walking out of the store with a 3.5 ton blue jack. Employees at Napa called the police after they learned that no one had sold the tool. A similar maroon vehicle was then reportedly seen on Spring Street, and Turnbill was the driver.

The 3.5 ton blue jack was not seen or found in the vehicle. Turnbill “confessed to taking the jack,” Piqua police reports stated. Turnbill also reportedly admitted “that he had met someone and exchanged the jack for drugs.” Two hypodermic needles also were seen in plain sight in the vehicle, according to Piqua police reports.

Also in the vehicle was a new box of pots and pans. At first, Turnbill claimed that they belonged to his daughter. Turnbill later reportedly admitted to stealing them from J.C. Penney earlier that day.

Turnbill was arrested on a warrant as well as on two counts of first-degree misdemeanor theft and one count of first-degree misdemeanor possession of a drug abuse instrument. In addition to those charges, Turnbill faces two other theft charges unrelated to this incident.

Turnbill is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $4,500 bond.

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