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Social media tips lead to burglary arrests

By Matt Hutcheson

A plea posted to social media by the Butler County Sheriff’s Office more than two weeks ago led to two arrests earlier this week.

The BCSO’s Facebook message – posted on April 26 – was regarding a recent string of burglaries involving tools being stolen at a location on Highway 31. The post included a sizeable list of the missing tools, including items as small as a staple gun and as large as a four-wheeler.

Monday, the Sheriff’s Office arrested Ethan Wright and charged him with two counts of burglary in connection with the thefts. Also arrested was Kelly Sherman, who was charged with receiving stolen property.

Butler County Sheriff Kenny Harden said Wright’s arrest was in large part thanks to tips from residents who saw the Facebook post. He extended “thanks to the citizens of Butler County” that helped.

The full, original list of stolen items posted by the BCSO is as follows:

  • Poulan weed eater
  • Poulan chainsaw
  • Poulan 10-foot pole saw
  • Black & Decker jig saw
  • Black & Decker finishing sander
  • Black & Decker paint sprayer
  • Drill Master angle grinder
  • Red & black Shop Vac
  • Staple gun
  • Snap-On tools
  • 12-foot single axle trailer
  • Yamaha Grizzly 350 four-wheeler, green in color
  • Makita 10-inch miter saw
  • Summit tree stand

Residents with any information concerning any of the stolen items can contact the BCSO at (334) 382-6521.