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Sheriff probes Christmas Eve break-ins

UNION TOWNSHIPS - Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating Christmas Eve break-ins throughout Union Township.

Thursday, December 27, 2001

UNION TOWNSHIPS - Lawrence County Sheriff’s deputies are still investigating Christmas Eve break-ins throughout Union Township.

The break-ins occurred on Township Roads 1502 and 1042, between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Monday.

The Sheriff’s office received calls on two male subjects forcibly entering homes, making threats, and demanding cash and drugs. In one incident, a male subject received a fractured arm as a result of a physical confrontation with one of the male suspects.

One male was described as 5-foot 10-inches to 6-foot tall wearing a black or dark colored toboggan. The suspect is thought to have light colored eyes. The second suspect is only described as shorter, possibly 5-foot 2-inches to 5-foot 7-inches tall. The second suspect was wearing what witnesses describe as a "green witch Halloween" mask.

Due to facial features being disguised, officers have little information to go on, however, investigators believe the witches mask may be crucial to solving the crime.

Sheriff Tim Sexton said anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s office and information can be provided anonymously. Anyone that owned such a mask and is missing the mask is also urged to contact the department. Suspects may have even made brags about the crime prior to, or after, the crime took place.

Sexton said, "If you feel you have information, please call. A citizen may have information they feel is not important, however, the slightest lead from the public can be a vital link to solving such a crime."