Friday, December 18, 2009


After a joint investigation conducted by the Darke County Sheriff's Office, the Versailles Police Department and the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, two adults have been arrested and are being held in the Darke County Jail. The Village of Versailles and areas outside the village in Darke County have experienced a rash of home burglaries and car break-ins over the last two weeks. Numerous items of property including home electronics, cash and Christmas gifts have been stolen. In some cases, the burglar entered homes in the middle of the night while the residents were present and sleeping. Some victims awoke the following morning to find wrapped Christmas gifts and other property stolen from under their Christmas tree.

On Wednesday, October 16th, 2009, the Darke County Sheriff's Deputies, Versailles Police Officers and an Ohio Parole Officer went to 43 E. Wood Street in the Village of Versailles to follow up on this investigation. Officers discovered numerous items of stolen property from these burglaries and car break-ins. A majority of the property that had been stolen recently was recovered. Arrested at this location, for parole violations, was John A. Nelson, age 23 of Lima , Ohio and Vivian "Paige" Jasso, age 27 of Versailles , Ohio . Both are being held without bond. The investigation is continuing and charges in this case are pending a review by the Darke County Prosecutor's Office.

The Darke County Sheriff's Office and the Versailles Police Department are asking anyone who may have experienced a theft or burglary in the Versailles area in the last few weeks to report it to the appropriate law enforcement agency. Anyone with information on these cases is asked to contact the Darke County Sheriff's Office at 937-548-2020.

[DCSO press release]


  1. Reportedly they were apprehended when someone noticed them wearing green fur suits with santa hats accompanied by a small dog with an antler tied to his head. ;)

  2. A job well done to DCSO and VPD!

    It's a comfort to know these people are off the street. Although I'm certainly not one of those naive people that think Darke County is virtually crime free, these cases did surprise me a bit. It takes a far more brazen individual to enter someone's home while they are there then it does to slip in while they are away. It's only a step away from armed robbery, and if the victims would have awaken during the burglary who is to say it wouldn't have been?

  3. Our "justice system" is an absolute joke, like most criminals these two have multiple prior convictions.
    They should get a minimum 10 year sentence this time.


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