Man charged in series of break-ins involving semi in Butler County

An Oxford man has been arrested in a string of business break-ins after a vehicle was spotted by an off-duty Butler County Sheriff’s Office sergeant.

Sgt. Jason Rosser was working on moving into the new Liberty Twp. substation Wednesday when he saw a white semi tractor trailer parked near a gas station that looked like a vehicle caught on security videos of businesses broken into in the last month, according to Capt. Rick Bucheit.

“He was in his personnel car off duty when he saw it thought it looked like the one we had on the security video,” Bucheit said.

The driver, Joshua Peterson. confessed to break-ins at businesses in Liberty and Fairfield townships, Bucheit said.

Peterson was breaking out windows and gaining access to cash registers through the drive-thru windows, Bucheit said. At least two Taco Bells in the area had items stolen.

Peterson, 34, of Oxford, is charged with eight counts of breaking and entering and eight counts of vandalism, all felonies and seven counts of misdemeanor theft.

“Businesses are just getting back on their feet after re-opening. The last thing they need is someone damaging their property and stealing from them. If criminals think, the sheriff’soffice has slowed down due to the pandemic, they need to think again,” said Sheriff Richard Jones.

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