West Liberty man caught in Indiana


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State claims Andrew Davis took $30,000 from Cedarville University




FRONT PAGE PHOTO: An Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation evidence collection truck was photographed Tuesday afternoon in the 100 block of north Detroit Street in West Liberty. The agency assisted Cedarville police in a search of Andrew Davis’ apartment at 1201N. Detroit St., as part of investigation into theft at Cedarville University. (SUBMITTED PHOTO | CAROL EARLY)


A West Liberty man was arrested Tuesday near Peru, Ind., on charges he took more than $30,000 from Cedarville University.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Cedarville Police Chief Chris Gillaugh announced the apprehension Thursday of Andrew Davis, 30, who was working for a food service company used by the university at the time of the thefts.

He has been charged with safecracking, grand theft and breaking and entering and is currently lodged in the Miami County (Ind.) Jail.

He is accused of breaking into a school administrative building on three separate occasions and stealing several hundred to several thousands of dollars in cash on each occasion. The suspect is accused of stealing approximately $30,000 during the most recent incident, which happened Saturday. 

Agents with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Cedarville Police and officers from the West Liberty and Bellefontaine police departments converged on 120 1/2 N. Detroit St. on Tuesday and executed a search of the suspect’s apartment.

Bellefontaine Police Chief Brandon Standley said his officers helped determine the suspect, who was fired from the local Tumbleweed restaurant, 2241 S. Main St., was residing in an apartment above a business.

He said he believes the suspect has family here and in Indiana.

At this time, Bellefontaine police do not believe the suspect was involved in any thefts locally.

As agents were conducting a search of the apartment, news came in that he was apprehended by Indiana authorities.

Investigators recovered about $20,000 during a search of the defendant’s car.

He is awaiting extradition to Greene County. 

“Through good police work, police in Cedarville identified the suspect and we helped track the individual down to Indiana,” said Attorney General DeWine. “This arrest is the result of the excellent teamwork between state and local authorities, university security and authorities in Indiana.”

Surveillance cameras on the university campus played a significant role in identifying the suspect.