CLAYTON — A man possibly linked to several thefts from local storage sheds was apprehended July 5 by Clayton Police.
After responding to the 6700 block of Morrow Drive on the report of breaking and entering to a storage shed, the victim advised someone had entered his shed within the last 30 minutes and removed items. The shed was not locked but had two screws placed in front of the doors and through the floor to hold the doors shut. The right hand door had been forced open damaging the lower portion of the door.
While filling out a report at the front of the residence a neighbor stopped and stated that he saw a white male, approximately 5-feet, 9-inches to 6-feet tall, about 180 pounds wearing a T-shirt and jeans standing at the corner of Old Salem Road and Morrow talking on a cell phone and pulling a red wagon with items in it.
Officer Dan Hamlin proceeded to that area and notified other officers to start to the area where the suspect was last seen. The suspect was no longer at Old Salem and Morrow, so Hamlin headed east to State Route 48. Officer John Weaver who was headed east on Old Salem from the police department spotted the suspect running south from Old Salem and into a wooded area behind Rymark Court.
Officer Dan Hamlin responded to the area to begin searching for the suspect on foot. Officer Tom Hamlin and Chief Matt Hamlin also responded to the area to search for the suspect. Officer Weaver notified the other officers that he had the suspect at Taser point. Officers responded to the area of the apprehension.
Matthew R. Wilhelm, 31, of 11 West Dayton St., West Alexandria, was taken into custody and charged with breaking and entering, possessing criminal tools and obstructing official business. Wilhelm’s name was found on a pawn receipt at the scene of a breaking and entering to a storage shed investigated by police on July 1 in the 4400 block of Linchmere Drive.
After being interviewed by Detective Paul Nabel at the police department Wilhelm was transported to the Montgomery County Jail.
“Officer Weaver did an excellent job by apprehending the suspect after a brief foot chase,” said Chief Hamlin. “Kudos to the other officers for setting up a perimeter to contain the suspect and also to Detective Nabel for getting Wilhelm to confess to a few things during the interview. A neighbor also helped by telling us about seeing a suspicious subject. It helps to have residents to get involved to help us to our job.”