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Published: Tuesday, 9/15/2009

Sylvania police arrest 2, seek 1 more for roles in planned robbery

BY MIKE SIGOV
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Two people suspected of helping to plan a Sylvania home invasion that was foiled when the homeowner fatally shot one of the burglars were arrested Monday.

Sylvania police arrested Billy D. Wilkinson, 33, of 5123 Ryan Rd. on a charge of aggravated burglary. Julie Britton, 25, of 2345 Saint Roberts Lane, was charged with complicity to aggravated burglary. Both are to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Sylvania Municipal Court.

Sylvania Police still are seeking a third suspect, David A. Irving, 31, 3907 Bancroft St., on a charge of aggravated burglary stemming from the Aug. 28 break-in at the Williamsburg Drive home of Clay Hausenfleck. Mr. Hausenfleck called 911 about 1 a.m. saying he had shot an intruder, and officers found Louis M. Mason, 28, of Toledo shot to death inside the house.

At a news conference Tuesday, Sylvania Police Chief Gerald Sobb said Mr. Irving is considered armed and dangerous and asked that anyone with information about his whereabouts contact Sylvania Police at 419-885-8900 or Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.

Chief Sobb said investigators believe all four suspects were involved in planning the break-in and knew there were drugs in Mr. Hausenfleck's house. Officers found about 200 marijuana plants growing in the basement, and Mr. Hausenfleck, 46, was subsequently indicted for possession of marijuana and illegal cultivation of marijuana.

Chief Sobb said all four allegedly went to the Hausenfleck home that night. When Mr. Mason was shot, the three other suspects then fled through backyards of neighboring homes to get to their vehicle.

"It is my understanding that they had been working on this a while and the intent was, as we suspected since that first night, was the marijuana growing in the basement of the house," Chief Sobb said. "They were certainly aware there was drugs in the house."

Contact Mike Sigov at:

sigov@theblade.com,

or 419-724-6089.



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