Three men arrested in OUS, IHS break-ins

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Three people were arrested Tuesday and charged with break-ins two weeks ago at Ironton High School and Ohio University Southern.

Ben Smith, 25, of 414 Mary St., Ironton, and David Scott Nance, 23, also of 414 Mary St., Ironton, were each charged with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of safe cracking.

In addition, Adam Blevins, 23, of German Hollow Road, was charged with two counts of complicity to breaking and entering.

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Ironton Police detective Jim Akers said it is believed that all three men were involved in both break-ins. The suspects allegedly went in through a window at the high school and took an undetermined amount of change. At OUS, a safe was taken, and an undetermined amount of money inside, as well as some electronic equipment. The safe was found later on Lawrence Street.

Akers said the men were identified through information received earlier this week, as well as a security video from the high school.

The arrests earned both Akers and Capt. Jim Carey kudos from their boss.

"These guys did a fantastic job," Police Chief Bill Garland said Tuesday. (Detective) Akers and (Capt.) Carey were here until 3 a.m. this morning wrapping this up."

All three men were arraigned Tuesday in Ironton Municipal Court, where bond was set at $25,000 for each man. All three remain in the Lawrence County Jail and will return to municipal court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.