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Residents help police corner theft suspect

A suspect was charged with criminal trespassing, theft, resisting arrest, obstructing official business and possession of marijuana Saturday night after he was caught with the help of area residents, the Defiance Count Sheriff’s Department said.

Deputies were called to Flickinger Road, northwest of Defiance, about 10:15 p.m. about a man who had entered several properties without permission, the sheriff's department said in a statement.

He had been confronted by residents at one home and took off to the surrounding field and woods, police said.

Deputies and the county’s canine unit were aided by residents Phil and Trisha Hetrick, who used their vehicle to help corner the man so he could be taken into custody, the statement said.

The man was identified by the sheriff’s department as Loren R. Smith Jr.

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