UPDATE: Local burglaries connected to Allen County arrest

Logan County Sheriff’s Office detectives report that three local burglaries likely are connected to the previously reported arrest of a Lima man last week by Allen County Sheriff’s Deputies.

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Mark Ball, 51, who is currently lodged in the Allen County Correctional Center, is suspected of approximately 29 burglaries across four counties, also including Allen, Auglaize and Shelby counties.

In Logan County, the suspect allegedly was involved in burglaries at the residences of Gregory Fogt, 11659 Township Road 88, Lakeview, July 4; Craig Bowers, 13433 County Road 87, Lakeview, July 11; and Teresa Welch, 6681 County Road 21, Lewistown, Aug. 5. Cash and jewelry was reported missing from these residences.

Logan County detectives are compiling reports for submission to the Logan County Prosecutor’s Office relating to local charges for the case.

The suspect has previous felony convictions for burglary.

Previous story: Man suspected of 29 burglaries apprehended

LIMA — A Lima man suspected of more than two dozen burglaries across four counties — including Logan — was arrested Thursday by Allen County Sheriff's deputies.

Authorities said 51-year-old Mark Ball, who is currently lodged in the Allen County Correctional Center, may be responsible for some 29 burglaries in Allen, Auglaize, Logan and Shelby counties, according to published reports.

Logan County Sheriff's deputies said Mr. Ball is believed to have committed at least two burglaries here. Shelby County detectives report the suspect confessed to six of his crimes in that county. Allen County authorities expect to charge the suspect with at least five burglaries.

The Lima News reports DNA evidence from blood linked Mr. Ball to a June burglary in eastern Allen County and that he used a rocks to break windows and gain entry into some of the homes.

The suspect has previous felony convictions for burglary.

"Even with this arrest we still ask citizens to remain attentive and make sure their properties are secure and to report any suspicious activity, Shelby County Sheriff John Lenhart said in a release.

This is a great break in the case and I'm sure it will help put the residents at ease," he said.

Sheriff Lenhart expressed his thanks to citizens who provided information about the crimes. He noted that the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Facebook page received more than 18,400 views during the search for the suspect.

The investigation continues.