Tool theft suspect heading to Carolinas?

Suspect in rental store tool thefts. (Photo/Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
Suspect in rental store tool thefts. (Photo/Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Montgomery County deputies think a theft suspect might be heading to the flooded Carolinas to do contract work with stolen tools.

Deputies released a surveillance photo of the suspect. They think he stole more than $100,000 worth of tools from rental stores in Harrison Township, Cincinnati and in Kentucky.

Investigators say he uses legitimate company names to rent the equipment and is very confident and friendly as he’s doing it.

He’s on the line for saws, generators, heaters and other high dollar tools.

Deputies say he uses several aliases to make the rentals including David Oliver, Mike Messer, Gene Campbell, Greg Walsh, Jason Hamblin, Jr. and John B.

He is known to drive either a gray Mitsubishi Lancer or a red Ford Explorer.

Tool theft suspect's truck. (Photo/Montgomery County Sheriff's Office)
Tool theft suspect’s truck. (Photo/Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect is described as 40 to 50 years old, 200 pounds, with a tattoo on his neck, possibly of a skull wearing a hat. He is bald or has tightly shaved hair.

Officers believe a second suspect may also be involved.

Call the Montgomery County Dispatch Center at 937-225-4357 if you have any information about the crimes. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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