Wood County thief identified but remains at-large

Surveillance images captured the suspect in action.

The Wood County Sheriffâ??s Office has issued a warrant for an alleged thief but needs the public's help finding him.

Investigators said that after releasing surveillance images of the suspect, they were able to identify him as 30-year-old Joseph A. Rowe.

Authorities said they received a " tremendous response" after pictures of the crime appeared on TV, in the newspaper and on social media.

The scrap metal thefts that Rowe is accused of committing happened Jan. 27 and Feb. 1 along the 15000-block of Five Point Road.

Anyone who knows where the 30-year-old might be is asked to call Det. Sgt. Rod Smith at 419-354-9682.

Detective Smith can also be reached by email at