PLAIN CITY — Two alert neighbors helped lead law enforcement officials to arrest two Mount Vernon men after they were witnessed breaking into a neighbor’s home in Plain City.
According to a Madison County Sheriff’s Office report, Wayne E. Reynolds, 29, and Tracy J. Hagans, 47, were arrested on May 10, after one witness followed the suspects’ vehicle and called 9-1-1 with a description of the vehicle and the area they were traveling.
A second neighbor informed the homeowner, Ronald A. Sparks, 63, Hilliard, who, in turn, called the sheriff’s office to report the incident and the license plate number of the red pickup truck seen in Sparks’ driveway.
The suspects were stopped in New California by the Plain City Police Department.
The main garage door and an entry door to the home were forced open, according to the report. Sparks inspected the home and reported three speakers were missing. The speakers were located inside the suspects’ vehicle, which led to the arrest of Reynolds and Hagans for receiving stolen property.
The second witness reported to a Madison County sheriff’s deputy that he noticed the suspicious truck in the driveway and watched the suspects from a church across the street. He also said a second vehicle was at the scene and left at the same time as the red truck.
MCSO’s investigations division and an agent from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation processed the scene.
Charges against Hagans and Reynolds were transferred from the Madison County Municipal Court to the Madison County Court of Common Pleas on Tuesday. No new court date has been set. Both men were released on bond.