NEW MADISON – On February 11th, 2018 at approximately 2:25am, Darke County Deputies while on patrol in the Village of New Madison, observed a suspicious male subject in the 100 block of Railroad Street. Due to recent car break-ins, deputies attempted to make contact with the male subject who then fled on foot. While the subject was attempting to flee, he was observed dropping several items that were in his possession. Deputies followed the subject to an address at 114 West Washington Street in the village, where the subject was seen entering the apartment, at which time he locked the door. A perimeter was set up around the residence as contact was trying to be made with the suspect inside the residence.
Through investigation, Darke County deputies were able to track the items, dropped by the subject, to vehicles located on Railroad Street that had been broken into. Deputies were able to then make contact with an occupant who also resides at the apartment, but was not home at the time. This occupant was cooperative, came to the residence and allowed deputies to enter into the residence. Upon entering into the residence, deputies made contact with a male subject who matched the description of the subject who was observed fleeing.
The male subject was identified as Matthew Spence, 28 years old, of New Madison. Darke County deputies were given consent to search the property by the suspect and other occupant. During the search, deputies located other stolen items that were linked to vehicle break-ins that occurred Saturday morning, February 10th, 2018. Spence was arrested on 5 counts of theft.
Darke County deputies continue to investigate Spence’s involvement in previous vehicle break-ins which have occurred throughout the village of New Madison in previous weeks. At the time of this release, Spence remains incarcerated at the Darke County Jail.