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Armed homeowner thwarts Friday burglary

An armed homeowner was able to confront and stop two burglars Friday, according to additional details from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.





As reported in Saturday’s edition, Matthew D. Cheadle, 31, at large, and Jason T. Overholt, 34, at large, each was charged with aggravated burglary and possession of criminal tools.

They were confronted around 1:12 p.m. when a resident entered his County Road 1 home.

The resident, who has a concealed carry permit, found Mr. Overholt on the first floor and deployed his handgun on the suspect.

Once the suspect was on the floor, the resident called sheriff’s dispatchers and they, in turn, alerted patrol units.

Deputy Todd Dixon was nearby and responded.

While the deputy concentrated on handcuffing Mr. Overholt, the resident immediately went upstairs and found Mr. Cheadle. Again, he deployed his handgun and convinced the suspect to lay prone on the floor.

Deputy Dixon followed up and handcuffed the second suspect.

Bellefontaine Police Department provided a canine unit which tracked the suspects’ path to the residence. It appears the men walked from residential areas in Bellefontaine west of the home.

A vehicle most likely used by the suspects was located and seized by deputies Saturday. They have yet to obtain a search warrant for the vehicle.

At time of the arrest, both suspects were wearing masks, hooded jackets and gloves and were carrying backpacks and tools used in the break-in.

Both remain lodged in the Logan County Jail.

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