The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Dec. 3, 2021

Crime Stoppers will pay people cash for information if it helps the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office locate fugitive James G. Weaver.

James Weaver

Weaver is wanted in connection with a Van Wert County Common Pleas Court warrant on a charge of aggravated possession of drugs, a felony of the third degree. Local residents’ assistance is needed in locating Weaver. 

Those with information on Weaver’s whereabouts can contact the Sheriff’s Office at 419.238.3866 or Crime Stoppers at 419.238.7867. Those who have information about Weaver will not have to give their name or reveal their identity. If the information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay those providing the information up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 03/23/21 at 11:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers, News

VW independent/submitted information

Van Wert police are seeking information on a man who broke into the Pak-A-Sak convenience store on North Washington Street and stole several items from the store.

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Pak-A-Sak suspect

According to surveillance video from the store, a white male rode from north of the store to the building at 11:36 p.m. Thursday.

He then parked the bike on the east side of the store and first checked the back door to see if it was unlocked before going around to the front of the store, where he pried on the front doors, breaking the glass on one of the double doors.

He then left on his bike, but returned at 1:32 a.m. Friday and entered the business, taking cigarettes, scratch-off Lotto tickets, a flashlight, and Tylenol PM. He left the building on foot two minutes later, heading east on Brooks Avenue.

Police describe the man as having a pointed chin and nose, small to average in height, and wearing Carhartt-like overalls and work gloves.

A pink-and-white girl’s Mongoose bicycle was located in Jubilee Park.

Anyone with information about the bike or the suspect can call the Van Wert Police Department at 419.238.2462 or Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867).

Broken glass from the front entrance doors is shown scattered in front of the doors.

POSTED: 01/01/21 at 2:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers, News

VW independent/submitted information

Crime Stoppers will pay people cash for information if it will help the Van Wert Police Department solve its investigation of a theft that occurred at the Van Wert Walmart.

On Friday, December 4, a female wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, with a tattoo above her left eye, and a male wearing a gray-colored Champion sweatshirt with black sweatpants attempted to leave the Van Wert Walmart Supercenter with unpaid merchandise. Both fled in a newer greenish colored vehicle. The Van Wert Police Department is asking for assistance in helping to identify these two individuals (see photos below).

Those with any information about this crime can call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). Those with information will not have to give their name or reveal their identity. If the information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 to the information provider. 

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.  

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 12/22/20 at 12:25 am. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers, News

Crime Stoppers will pay you cash for information if it will help local law enforcement solve an investigation into a case of impersonating a police officer.

Local law enforcement is requesting assistance from the public to attempt to locate an unknown male described as being tall, fit, with a tan-colored complexion, and a brown scruffy beard. The vehicle driven by this person was a black or dark-colored Crown Victoria with police looking decals. 

The subject has been seen in the Mercer County and Van Wert County areas. Law enforcement is attempting to locate this person and vehicle for further investigation. 

Anyone with information about the above case can call Crime Stoppers or the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419.238.3055. 

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.7867.  You will not have to give your name or reveal your identity. If your information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000. 

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.  

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 09/03/20 at 5:13 pm. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers will pay you cash for information if it will help the Van Wert Police Department solve its investigation of a theft at the Van Wert Walmart store.

On May 28, a woman with long black hair, a pink-colored outfit, black shoes, sunglasses, and a blackface mask (see photo at right) left the Van Wert Walmart in a black Nissan type vehicle (below) after committing a theft. Van Wert City Police Department would like your help in identifying this woman.

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). You will not have to give your name or reveal your identity. If your information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000. 

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.  

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 06/15/20 at 1:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers will pay you cash for information if it will help the Van Wert Police Department solve an investigation into theft that occurred at the Van Wert Walmart store.

Update: Crime Stoppers of Van Wert County has received several phone calls that have helped with the identity of the suspects involved with the May 16 Walmart cell phone theft. Crime Stoppers would like to thank the community for their support in helping with this theft investigation. We really appreciate it!

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). You will not have to give your name or reveal your identity. If your information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000. 

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.  

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 06/04/20 at 5:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers will pay you cash for information if it will help the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office solve a break-in that occurred at Huggy Bear Camp Ground, lot 291, 9065 Ringwald Road in Van Wert County.

Sometime between November 3 and 11, someone entered the mobile home and stole several items. Some of those items are a 40-inch LG flat screen TV, a 36-volt battery charger, two weed eaters, and a leaf blower. The thief also made off with a fifth of Jack Daniels whiskey, hair clippers, and a toaster.

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). You will not have to give your name or reveal your identity. If your information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward of up to $1,000. 

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.  

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 11/30/19 at 8:40 am. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers

Crime Stoppers will pay you cash for information if it will help the Van Wert Police Department solve two shoplifting cases that occurred at the Van Wert Walmart store.

On September 23, a theft was reported from Walmart where the female in the picture at right took several items of merchandise and passed all points of sale without paying for them. Any information that could lead to the identification of this female will help this case.

If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). You will not have to give your name or reveal your identity. If your information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward up to $1,000. 

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.  

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 10/30/19 at 6:32 am. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers

VW independent/submitted information

Crime Stoppers will pay people cash for information if it will help the Van Wert Police Department solve two shoplifting cases that occurred at the Van Wert Walmart store.

On August 26 and 27, Walmart had two incidents of shoplifting involving the suspect seen in the photo at right. The woman was wearing the same clothing both days and left Walmart in a light-brown Buick.

Anyone with information about this crime can call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). Those calling will not have to give their name or reveal their identity. If the information helps to solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony cases or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does.

POSTED: 09/05/19 at 7:25 am. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers, News

Two suspects in forgery incident at the local Goodwill store. photos provided

Crime Stoppers will pay you cash for information that will help the Van Wert Police Department solve a forgery that occurred at the Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley store, 206 Towne Center Blvd.

A vehicle believed used in a forgery case at the Goodwill store.

On August 10, between the hours of 8 and 8:30 p.m., a Hispanic male and female got out of a red compact four-door sedan (possibly a Chevrolet Aveo) and entered the store. The two shopped for a while and the female paid for the merchandise with a counterfeit $10 bill, along with a legitimate $10 bill and a legitimate $5 bill. Anyone able to identify either person in the photos provided, or who can provide any other information about this crime, can call Crime Stoppers at 419.238.STOP (7867). You will not have to give your name or reveal your identity. If your information helps solve this case, Crime Stoppers will pay you a cash reward up to $1,000.

Crime Stoppers also pays cash rewards for information about other felony crimes or wanted fugitives not reported on the Crime of the Week.

Remember, crime doesn’t pay, but Crime Stoppers does!

POSTED: 08/20/19 at 9:54 am. FILED UNDER: Crime Stoppers, News