Three men charged in home invasion

Three men have been charged with multiple crimes following a home invasion in Jackson Township on January 22.
“The allegation is that three individuals arrived at the target home.  They had masks and black clothing on.  As they approached the door, they yelled ‘police officer’ and kicked open the door as if it was some sort of police activity raid,” said Brown County Sheriff Gordon Ellis.
Franklin Griffith, Preston Cress and Benjamin Nickum have all been charged with Aggravated Burglary, Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping as well as a number of lesser charges.
“This appears to be a theft activity.  There was some focus on stealing some of the items within the home,” said Ellis.
“As this crime is committed, there is the discharge of a handgun multiple times in a home.  It’s a serious crime.”
Ellis said that the case began when a fourth man, Wesley Gibson, was taken into custody on January 23.
Gibson is also accused of participating in the home invasion and is facing similar charges.
Ellis said that BCSO Detective Lieutenant Buddy Moore uncovered the alleged roll of Griffith, Cress and Nickum as his investigation into the crime unfolded.
Gibson is also in custody, but Nickum is still at large.
Ellis issued a statement on the incident with read in part, “The Brown County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Brown County Prosecutor’s Office and the Highland County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance with this investigation.
Anyone with information on the location of Benjamin Nickum is encouraged to call the Brown County Dispatch at (937) 378-4155.”