Clark County burglary suspects due in court on Wednesday

Roger Wayne Smith (Left) and Gerald Lakin Smith (Right) were arrested Tuesday after a woman found saw them run from her home. (Photo: Clark County Jail)
Roger Wayne Smith (Left) and Gerald Lakin Smith (Right) were arrested Tuesday after a woman found saw them run from her home. (Photo: Clark County Jail)

HARMONY TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WDTN) – Two Springfield men will appear in a Clark County courtroom on Wednesday morning on burglary charges.

Roger Wayne Smith. Photo: Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Roger Wayne Smith. Photo: Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

The Clark County Sheriff says the two men, Roger Wayne Smith and Gerald Lakin Smith, were involved in the burglary of a home in Harmony Township on Tuesday.

They allegedly broke into a home in the 1200 block of Newlove Road around 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

The person living in the house returned home and noticed a suspicious vehicle backed into her driveway. She noticed her garage door was open as well.

Before she could exit her vehicle, a man ran from inside the home, jumped into the suspicious vehicle and began yelling for someone else to leave the house.

Gerald Lakin Smith. (Photo/Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Gerald Lakin Smith. (Photo/Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

The homeowner attempted to block the man with her car as he tried to driving away. He hit her car with his vehicle and fled from the scene. The homeowner then saw another man fleeing on foot from the house through the backdoor, going toward a cornfield.

The woman called 911 and gave a detailed description of the suspects. After receiving the 911 call, Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies and detectives responded, finding the man who fled on foot walking along railroad tracks between Newlove Road and Fletcher Pike.

Deputies took the man into custody, and he was later identified by the homeowner as the person fleeing from her house. When deputies searched the man, they found jewelry which was identified as being stolen from the house at the time of the burglary.

The man was later identified as Roger Wayne Smith. He was taken to the Clark County Jail on charges of Aggravated Burglary and Tampering with Evidence.

Around 8 p.m. on Tuesday night, Clark County Sheriff’s Detectives found the man who fled from the scene in his car. Gerald Lakin Smith was arrested and charged with Aggravated Burglary. He’s also being held at the Clark County Jail.

Both men are set to appear in Clark County Municipal Court on Wednesday at 10 a.m. The investigation into the burglary is ongoing.

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