Arrest Made in Connection With Nighttime Burglaries in Steubenville

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department took into custody a city man in connection with the break-in of two businesses.

Deputies were called at about 2:15 a.m. Monday about an alarm call at Buch’s Truck Stop, 828 Kingsdale Road, Pottery Addition. A rear door was found open, and a truck driver said he saw a man run from the building, a deputy said.

A short time later, the sheriff’s department received an alarm call at Friendly’s Tavern, 2304 Ohio 213, Steubenville. A deputy found a door pried open. An ATM machine was forced open, but the safe wasn’t accessed, a deputy said. Cabinet doors were opened, according to the sheriff’s department, but the owner said only a small amount of cash was taken.

Tire tracks were found outside in the fresh snow, a deputy said, adding he believed the tracks were from a small SUV. Another deputy responding to the alarm calls reported passing an SUV on county Road 45, Ohio 43. The deputy a short time later went back to try to find the SUV and saw an Ohio Department of Transportation snowplow truck parked in Richmond. The driver was asked to keep a lookout for the vehicle. The sheriff’s department reported the driver called 911 and said he saw the vehicle drive past him on state Route 43, heading toward Wintersville. A deputy saw the vehicle turn into Lake Lodge trailer park off Ohio 43, and the driver parked near an empty mobile home.

A deputy and an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper followed footprints in the snow from the vehicle into the woods. The man, identified as Isaac Miletic, 37, of 518 Pittsburgh St. was found deep in the woods.

Miletic claimed he was running from law enforcement because he had a warrant out out of municipal court, a deputy said. The court records were checked and Miletic wasn’t wanted, the sheriff’s department reported. He had appeared in municipal court in December on a charge of possession of a drug abuse instrument. He was sentenced to one day in jail and placed on a year of probation.

Miletic was taken into custody and brought to the county jail, where he refused to talk to deputies about the break-ins.

Miletic was charged Wednesday with two counts of breaking and entering and one count of theft, the sheriff’s department reported.