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Suspicious man charged with burglary in rural Logan County

David SmithA man found walking along a rural road near the Logan/Champaign county line was arrested on a felony charge Saturday afternoon around 3:30.

Initially, the Logan County Sheriff's Office responded to a suspicious person that the Champaign County Sheriff's Office stopped on Township Road 161.

David Smith, 29, of East Liverpool, told deputies that he was on his way home to a nearby residence on 161.

Smith was dirty, sweating profusely, and had scratches all over his legs and feet.

He was wearing flip flops.

Deputies gave Smith a ride to a home on 161.

Smith exited the patrol car and acted like he belonged at the home.

He entered the home through an enclosed part of the residence, then walked down a hallway.

Smith tried to enter through a secondary door, which was locked.

He told deputies he did not have a key to the home.

Smith attempted to enter a front door, which was also locked.

Dogs inside the home started barking violently at him.

Smith then admitted that it wasn't his home.

He was unsure on how he got there.

He said he must have hit his head in the woods down the road.

Deputies then contacted the homeowner, who was at Eagles Campground near Bellefontaine.

The homeowner said no one was allowed in her home except for two nieces who were housesitting.

Smith was then arrested and placed in the cruiser.

Moments later, he started rocking the patrol vehicle from side to side.

Smith claimed he was stung by a bee, but the windows were up.

Deputies did not find any sting marks.

Smith was charged with burglary and transported to the Logan County Jail.

Witnesses in Champaign County said another male was walking with Smith.

The male had a backpack.

Smith told deputies that 6-7 houses were broken into in Logan and Champaign counties.

He said the other man stole the items, which Smith pawned.

Smith declined to give the other man's name.

Deputies were unable to located the man walking with Smith.

He may have fled to nearby woods.

Deputies continue their investigation.

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