Suspect Arrested In Burglary

ST. MARYS — An Allen County man was arrested Saturday after fleeing a home in rural Auglaize County.

According to a news release issued by Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon, deputies arrested a Lima man on Saturday after he was chased out of a home on Sante Fe Line Road. At approximately 8:53 p.m. Saturday, deputies responded to Sante Fe Line Road on a report of a house burglary in progress.  The suspect had fled from the home after being stopped by the homeowner.

Deputies responded to the residence and others into the area. The suspect vehicle was observed by one of the responding deputies and stopped on northbound Interstate 75. The suspect was identified as Darrell G. Purdy, 23, of Lima. Purdy was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

The homeowner told deputies that he was not home at the time of the burglary but an alert neighbor noticed a vehicle in his driveway and called him. The homeowner entered his residence to allegedly find Purdy inside the residence. The homeowner attempted to keep Purdy there until deputies arrived but Purdy left the residence and was later arrested by deputies.

“Neighbors looking out for each other is important, they saw something and called,” Solomon said in the news release.

There were no injuries reported in the incident and the matter remains under investigation.