October 21, 2014

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Rash of break-ins plague Medina’s west side

MEDINA — Police are investigating a string of car and home break-ins on the city’s west side.

Lt. Bob Starcher said the incidents mainly occurred Oct. 13 and Thursday in the vicinity of Liberty Road Plaza and West Grove Court.

Thieves entered two residences through unlocked rear doors and stole electronics, Starcher said. They also hit several unlocked vehicles, taking GPS units and wallets.

Starcher said several credit cards from the stolen wallets were used at local retail stores and police are requesting surveillance video from those stores.

Pastor Tony Myles of Connection Church lives on West Grove Court and said his neigh­bor had items stolen from the garage while he was home.

“Use common sense. … You don’t want to leave your (garage) opener in the vehicle. Keep your lights on all night,” Myles warned residents.

“We don’t want to rule any­thing out. We don’t want to assume anything,” Starcher said about the possible age of the thieves.

He said the thefts are under investigation and he encour­aged anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact police at (330) 725-7777.

“Tell people to lock their cars, lock their houses,” he advised.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@medina-gazette.com.