Youngstown Man Facing Burglary, Drug Charges After Crime Spree


A Youngstown man wanted on five felony warrants is arrested after allegedly going on a one-man crime spree.

According to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office, James Sowden has managed to elude arrests for the past several months while continuing to commit burglaries in the area.

Yesterday, Bay County sheriff’s deputies located Sowden walking in the area of Jody Lane and Jaycee Drive.

When they made contact with him, authorities said Sowden dropped something and fled on foot.

After a brief chase, deputies said they arrested him and found the item he dropped, which was about 24 grams of meth.

Investigators later interviewed Sowden, and they were able to identify several residences he had burglarized, and recover property he had stolen.

He is facing a number of charges including: resisting arrest Without violence, trafficking methamphetamine, grand theft, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana less than 20 grams, grand theft auto, and false name given to a law enforcement officer.

He also faces nine burglary charges, and more charges are expected.

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