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Warrants sought in larceny spree

Suspect tied to 20 thefts in Sandusky
BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com


Police Chief Brett Lester Police Chief Brett Lester Sandusky Police Chief Brett Lester is seeking an arrest warrant for a 41-year-old Sandusky man suspected in a recent spate of larcenies including the theft of an automobile.

The suspect was arrested in St. Clair County on Saturday, May 12, on charges of larceny and breaking and entering in the Emmett area by St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies acting on information from several citizens and the Sandusky Police Department.

Lester said the break in the case came when his department received a call Friday night reporting a domestic violence issue at the Brookfield Apartments on the city’s southeast side.

“We already had some video surveillance footage from a local business and also from a residence which gave us some idea of what the larceny suspect looked like,” said Lester.

“When we talked with the woman at the apartment, who is believed to be the suspect’s wife, she said her husband, who had left the scene, may be the person committing thefts in the area. She then led us to their vehicle which contained numerous items similar to those reported stolen.”

When shown the surveillance photographs, the woman identified the subject as her husband.

“That placed him in the area where the thefts were reported. So, along with the stolen items found in their vehicle, we have enough evidence to pursue an arrest warrant,” said Lester. “The woman will act as a witness.”

Lester also said that the stolen car was located in a parking lot in Sandusky and was recovered Saturday morning, along with numerous other items stolen from another vehicle.

Lester said he communicated what he had learned to the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, which soon after made the arrest.

On Sunday, Lester went to interview the suspect at the St. Clair County Intervention and Detention Center.

Lester revealed no details about the interview, but he did tell the News that Sandusky PD first received a complaint of a larceny on Tuesday, May 8.

“That was just the start of what turned out to be over 20 calls that week,” said Lester, “reporting thefts from unlocked vehicles in driveways and unlocked garages and sheds. Many of the calls reported that the subject first removed the dome light bulb inside the cars before rifling through them.

“The incidents occurred mostly in the night or early morning hours and sort of clustered around the Morse and Jefferson intersection, although we did have some on the city’s west-side as well.”

According to Lester, the items reported stolen were the typical things people leave in their vehicles, including spare change and flashlights.

“Some video games, a hunting knife, a gym bag, some athletic shoes, and other items have been recovered,” he said.

Lester encouraged the public to report any suspicious activity and even small larcenies.

“People have a tendency to think of their problem as an isolated incident and often don’t bother to report it. But they should, because, through these things, we are often able to put a bigger picture together,” said Lester.

“And, of course, people should keep their vehicles and outbuildings locked to help deter crime.”

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