July 24, 2016

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22-year-old charged with theft in string of Brunswick break-ins

BRUNSWICK — A city man was charged with theft after police caught him early Friday morning with a bag full of items he allegedly took out of vehicles in the area of Mulberry Lane.

Neighbors called police at around 6:30 a.m. complaining about a suspicious man dressed in black carrying a flashlight. When police found Steven Fletcher, 22, of 1287 Jester Court, he ran away and was caught a short time later, police said.

A bag tied around his belt loop contained prescription drugs that reportedly were not his, flashlights, a pair of latex gloves, cell phone, loose change, pieces of jewelry and a Pocket PC with its car mount, police said.

Fletcher claimed two other men were involved, but police did not find them.

Several residents in the area called that morning with complaints about items, including a GPS unit found on the lawn of a residence, stolen from vehicles.

Fletcher was taken to the Medina County Jail on a charge of possession of criminal tools and may be indicted on other counts when the case is brought before a Medina County grand jury, Sgt. Joseph McDermott said.

He remained in the jail Monday on $50,000 bond.

Fletcher also is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of carrying a concealed weapon for an Aug. 24 incident in Brunswick, Medina Municipal Court records show.

Contact Allison Wood at (330) 721-4050 or allisonwood@ohio.net.