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IPD looking for daytime burglar

Think of burglaries and what comes to mind? A strange figure, sneaking in the back door of your house late at night when no one is home?

Most of the time, that notion is at least partly factual. But right now Ironton police are looking for a burglar who is a bit more brazen in his actions.

"This happened sometime between 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on March 14 in the 2800 block of South Ninth Street," Ironton police Sgt. Jim Carey said. "It is unusual here that we have daytime burglaries. He entered the house through the front door, the people were not home. He was last seen running across Ninth Street toward the 800 block of Wyanoke."

The burglar took jewelry, Longaberger baskets and part of a computer, Carey said. A neighbor spotted the white male just after he exited the victim's residence.

"He had a modem and a screen and when he saw that the neighbor had seen him he dropped the screen," Carey said.

Carey said he is hopeful the Longaberger baskets will stand out in someone's mind and a

good citizen will step forward with information that will lead to the arrest of the daytime burglar.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the IPD's detective bureau at 532-5606.

Meanwhile, an Ironton man is scheduled to appear in Ironton Municipal Court today in connection with a fake payroll check scheme.

Scott E. Fisher, 33, who last known address was a residence in the 200 block of N. Second Street, is charged with three counts of forgery. Fisher is accused of creating phony payroll checks, often using the names of local companies, and then cashing the fake checks, made out to himself, at

stores in Florida northward all the way to central Ohio.

Carey said Fisher also used fake payroll checks to open checking accounts in Florida, and then used those personal checks to purchase numerous goods, including antiques at stores in Waverly and Huntington, W.Va.

"He is on parole for having done the same thing before," Carey said.

A computer was seized from one residence where Fisher had been staying. The hard drive has been sent to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Columbus for examination.

Carey said he is not sure if other people are involved in Fisher's scheme.