Suspect Arrested In Tool Thefts

CELINA — A former Celina resident who now lives in Indiana is facing three felony charges in connection with the theft of tools from three different automotive shops in Celina. 

In a news release issued by Celina Police Chief Dave Slusser, between April 25 and 28, the Celina Police Department received three separate reports of thefts from auto repair shops — Southside Body Shop, Morgan’s Body Shop, and AJ’s Automotive.  Several items, mostly tools, were taken from Southside and Morgan’s.  The suspect was trying to carry a large tool box from AJ’s Automotive in the early morning hours April 28, when he was interrupted by an employee.  The suspect then left the tool box and tools behind and fled empty-handed.  

Based upon information from that witness and suspicious vehicles in the area of the thefts Celina officers developed a suspect. They were notified on Wednesday morning that Indiana authorities had arrested the suspect, Charles D. R. (Ryan) Hawkey, 24, of Pennville, Ind., for use of stolen registration plates. Celina officers interviewed Hawkey twice on Wednesday, and obtained confessions to the three incidents described. Indiana officers did recover tools that were identified as being stolen from Morgan’s Body Shop at the time of Hawkey’s arrest.  Locally, Hawkey has been charged with three counts of breaking and entering, each a fifth-degree felony.  He is currently being held in the Jay County Jail and will be extradited to Ohio at a later date.