Sheriff: Drug habit fueled Hamilton County theft spree

ANDERSON TWP., Ohio – Two men who admitted to committing a string of break-ins and burglaries across Hamilton County told investigators their criminal behavior was fueled by their heroin dependency.

William Rains, 30, and Jared Rubrect, 23, were arrested between March 25 and March 27 in the 8600 block of Beechmont Avenue after a two-week investigation into a rash of thefts from cars in Anderson Township. 

The crimes took place between March 1 and March 27.

Over the course of the investigation, Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies said they recovered several stolen items that led them to the suspects, according to a release from the sheriff's office. The sheriff's office said several additional items were found at the time of the arrests.

Investigators said both suspects gave full confessions and admitted to committing the thefts.

Rains and Rubrect also admitted to several other vehicle break-ins and burglaries in parts of Union Township and Cincinnati, according to the release.

They suspects told investigators they were committing the thefts in order to purchase heroin.

Both men are at Hamilton County Justice Center while they await trial.

Additional charges are expected.

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