MILLERSBURG — Two Wooster residents have been arrested in connection with a number of residential burglaries in Holmes, Wayne and Knox counties.
According to the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office, Rueben Troyer, 21, and Natasha Urconis, 21, both of Wooster, have been arrested in connection with a number of residential burglaries in Holmes, Wayne and Knox counties.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office Capt. David Shaffer said the department has been able to associate them with at least four burglaries of Amish houses in Knox County. The investigation is continuing.
Holmes County Sheriff Tim Zimmerly said deputies were tracking the suspects the morning of Sept. 11 and watched them stop at a Paint Township residence on Township Road 881. Urconis knocked on the door and when the residents answered, she asked for directions to Winesburg.
The suspects left and went north into Wayne County. The Holmes County deputies contacted the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. Deputies then observed the suspects drive up to a residence at 9767 Senff Road, Mount Eaton, and Urconis knocked on the door. The suspects left, but returned a short time later and parked behind a barn.
Zimmerly said that when it became evident Reuben Troyer was trying to break into the house, the Holmes County deputies moved in and arrested the two suspects. Also in the vehicle was Urconis’ 18-month-old daughter.
Zimmerly said the pair has been identified as being involved in at least 18 reported home invasions: Seven in Holmes County, seven in Wayne County and four in Knox County.
Zimmerly said it is possible more break-ins may be discovered as the investigation continues.
Both suspects are being held in the Wayne County Jail.