July 1, 2016

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Home burglaries net 5-year sentence for Lakewood man

MEDINA— A Lakewood man who pleaded no contest to breaking into eight homes in Granger, Sharon and Medina townships was sentenced to five years in prison Monday.

Brian Yuzva, 19, was charged with seven counts of burglary, third-degree felonies, and two counts of breaking and entering, fifth-degree felonies, in Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier’s court.

He and Joseph Monda, 39, of Parma, were arrested by Medina County sheriff’s deputies April 5 in Sharon Township after a witness spotted them traveling in a maroon Ford Ranger seen at several burglary scenes. The sport utility vehicle was seen in the area several times in the days before their arrest, including once by a resident who saw one of the men outside her home.

Yuzva and Monda would pose as home improvement contractors and knock on doors to see if anyone was home. If no one was home, they would break in.

At one home on Beach Road in Granger Township, Yuzva and Monda took an air compressor worth $250, a power tool set worth $600 and $600 worth of quarters.

Monda was sentenced to eight years in prison on Aug. 3 after pleading no contest to seven counts of burglary, two counts of breaking and entering and one count of possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony, in Common Pleas Judge James L. Kimbler’s court.

Monda and Yuzva also are charged with burglary for allegedly breaking into a home in Ashland County. Their trials there are scheduled for later this month.