Officer Richard Hilsheimer was determined to get the people responsible for a number of burglaries in German Village, so much so that he changed his shift from mornings to nights.

Officer Richard Hilsheimer was determined to get the people responsible for a number of burglaries in German Village, so much so that he changed his shift from mornings to nights.

His actions were discussed Sept. 30 at the monthly police luncheon, held at the German Village Meeting Haus.

Hilsheimer, an officer with the Columbus Division of Police, had suspected the same gang of three suspects was involved in a rash of break-ins in the neighborhood. He said he was tipped off by the Community Crime Patrol earlier this month that a trio of would-be burglars had been seen looking into the windows of a house on Reinhard Avenue.

A few days later, Hilsheimer got his man. Gerald Hill of Columbus was arrested at about 12:15 a.m. Sept. 20 and charged with attempted burglary. Two others were detained but not charged, Hilsheimer said. Officers recovered a flashlight and pocket knife believed to belong to the suspects.
The suspects are believed to have hit houses on Hanford, Whittier and Bruck streets and allegedly stole some credit cards, police said. They believe there are video images of the suspects using the credit cards at local stores.

Lt. Bob Meader said Hill was still being held in the Franklin County jail.

In other news from the police luncheon, audience members told officers that break-ins, both during the night and daylight hours, remain a problem. Residents again were advised by police to lock all doors at all times and report any personal loss or suspected activity.

Meader said residents fearing retaliation from criminals could call in a complaint, leave their addresses and phone numbers with police, but also should instruct the dispatcher if they don't want cruisers to visit their homes.