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Friday, March 14th, 2014

Three arrests made in Celina burglary

By Margie Wuebker
MENDON - An investigation into a breaking and entering at a home earlier in the day led to the arrests Thursday night of three people.
Mercer County Sheriff's deputies were called to the 7000 block of Prairie Brook Drive, south of Celina, shortly after 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The property owner reported cash, collector coins, jewelry and a safe missing.
Deputies shortly before 7:30 p.m. went to a home at 345 S. Green St. in Mendon to serve an unrelated warrant and to locate a possible suspect in the Celina break-in. Owner Megan L. Hatcher, 32, permitted deputies to search her home and several items reportedly taken during the break-in were found.
Chad W. Ackley, 33, of the same address, allegedly fled the property on foot after being spotted outside, the report said. Deputy Carla Baucher pursued him for approximately 10 blocks. She reportedly fired her Taser without success and later found Ackley hiding under a parked pickup truck along Sunset Drive.
Ackley, who allegedly had a large amount of cash and suspected marijuana in his possession, faces charges of obstructing official business, resisting arrest and possession of marijuana. Additional charges are expected following a case review by the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office
Following Ackley's arrest, authorities obtained a search warrant for the residence and found additional items from the break-in, drug paraphernalia and suspected marijuana, the report stated.
Casey Hatcher, 20, also of the South Green Street address, allegedly was found hiding in a small closet and taken into custody on a probation violation warrant. Deputies reportedly found cash and suspected heroin in her possession, a report noted. Her aunt, Megan Hatcher, was arrested for obstructing justice and child endangerment. Additional charges could be filed, officials said.
The three suspects were transported to the Mercer County Detention Center.
Ackley pleaded no contest to his initial charges this morning in Celina Municipal Court and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. Megan Hatcher also appeared and pleaded not guilty. She was released on her own recognizance. Casey Hatcher is expected to appear later in Mercer County Common Pleas Court.
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