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November 29, 2015

Arson suspects hit several vehicles overnight

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GREENVILLE – One person has been arrested in connection with a rash of overnight vehicle break-ins and fires in the City of Greenville. According to a press release from the Greenville Police Department, seven vehicles sustained fire damage and 12 vehicle thefts were reported in all.

The Greenville Fire Department first responded to a reported car fire in the alley of the 600 block of Sweitzer just after 4:30 a.m. They were then called to a second vehicle fire on Euclid Ave., near Pine Street. Several more reports came in from Green Street and more on Euclid Ave., near Penn Street and behind 700 block of Martin Street.

The Greenville Police Department and the Darke County Sheriff’s Office, including the K-9 Unit, searched for two reported younger male suspects that were said to have been seen in the area of the fires.

According to Assistant Chief David McDermitt of the Greenville Fire Department, all the vehicles appears to have been ransacked  before the suspects started the blazes.

Joshua Willis, 18, of Greenville was arrested and transported to Mercer County jail on a Theft charge. Other charges are expected to be filed with the Darke County Prosecutor’s Office. It is not confirmed if Willis acted alone or if more arrests will be made. The investigation is ongoing with the Greenville Police Department.

If you have any information regarding the overnight vehicle thefts and fires, contact the Greenville Police Department at 937-548-4150 (option 2) or Darke County Crime Stoppers at 937-547-1661 or online at you may remain anonymous.