MEDINA TWP. — Thieves reportedly took a U-Haul from Cleveland early Sunday and drove it to Tractor Supply Co., where they allegedly attempted to steal a lawn mower.
Wesley Flynn, 18, of Parma, and a 16-year-old boy, the self-admitted “mastermind” of the plot, were charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, in the incident, Police Chief David Arbogast said.
At 2:34 a.m. Sunday, an alarm at Tractor Supply, 3768 Pearl Road, alerted police someone had broken into the lot where vehicles for sale are kept, he said.
When police arrived, the thieves allegedly had one lawn mower on the 16-foot U-Haul.
The U-Haul had its ignition pulled and steering column broken, but it was not yet reported stolen, Arbogast said.
Flynn and the juvenile reportedly hid in a drainage ditch until they were spotted by police who pursued them on foot before losing them in the woods.
Police then went to the nearby Circle K and asked a clerk to call if she saw anyone matching the description of Flynn and the boy, the chief said.
“At this time in the morning, there aren’t too many places to go,” Arbogast said.
Shortly after, the clerk alerted police that Flynn and the juvenile asked to borrow her cell phone so they could get a ride from a friend. She said they were wet and covered in mud when they arrived at the store, the chief said.
Flynn and the boy were arrested nearby without incident, he said.
Arbogast said the 16-year-old was reported as a runaway in January.
The teenager was transported to the Medina County Juvenile Detention Center.
Flynn was in the Medina County Jail on $25,000 bond Tuesday, a jail spokesman said.
Police also are seeking a 20-year-old man Flynn and the boy reportedly called for a ride, Arbogast said.
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