The primary suspect in a recent burglary at Larry’s Party Shop has been arrested and is currently incarcerated at the Highland County Justice Center.
According to the Hillsboro Police Department, Michael Williams, 28, Mowrystown, was arrested on separate theft charges in Montgomery County by the Englewood Police Department early this week, then transported to Highland County July 5 on an active warrant for his arrest in connection with a burglary at Larry’s Party Shop in the early hours of June 27.
The arrest was made as part of an ongoing investigation into break-ins and attempted break-ins at five Hillsboro businesses either the night of June 26 or in the early hours of June 27, according to an HPD release.
According to the release, information obtained by police officers during the course of the investigation led them to believe Williams had broken into Larry’s Party Shop and left in a nearby vehicle.
HPD interim chief Steve Browder told The Times-Gazette that officers learned Williams had been arrested in Montgomery County, and a holder was placed on him.
According to the release, further investigation of the vehicle recovered several items of evidence related to the break-in.
Browder said he couldn’t say what items were recovered as the investigation is still ongoing.
According to Browder, investigators suspect the break-ins were connected.
“We can’t quite connect it as of right now… but we believe it’s highly likely they were related,” Browder said.
Williams is charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.
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