Patrol nabs two robbers following Hancock County traffic stop

FINDLAY – Two men from Indiana are facing felony charges after one confessed to Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers during a traffic stop that they were involved in criminal activity.

Troopers stopped a 1997 Chevy S-10 for a marked lanes violation just south of Findlay on Interstate 75 at approximately 1:43 a.m. today. Troopers observed criminal indicators and a Hancock County Sheriff’s Office drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed a bank bag, an address book and map with incriminating comments and other criminal tools. Troopers also seized $3,600 in cash. One of the suspects confessed to numerous robberies in several states.

The suspects, Tyler M. Breeding, 21, and James P. Rodefer, 38, both of Liberty, Ind., were charged with possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, and were incarcerated in the Hancock County Justice Center.

Other charges are still pending and the investigation is ongoing.

A photo of the criminal tools is available for download at