April 23, 2014

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Thieves hit Liverpool Twp. for thousands of dollars in property

LIVERPOOL TWP. — Police are investigating a rash of burglaries over the holiday weekend that saw thousands of dollars in property stolen.

A 67-year-old man said his truck, tools and music equipment were stolen from a detached garage on his property in the 2400 block of Columbia Road.

“The thing that frosts me the most is they got a keyboard, two electronic accordions, a complete PA system and luggage bags full of cables and connectors — those two bags alone were worth $2,000,” said the man, who had been a professional musician.

Medina County sheriff’s Lt. Matthew Linscott said Monday that deputies were investigating the burglaries but declined to comment further. No additional information was available Tuesday.

The Columbia Road resident, who asked that his name not be published because he fears he might be a theft target again, said that because his neighborhood was relatively crime-free, he rarely locked his garage and often left his keys on a workbench inside.

He estimated the value of the items taken at $15,000.

He said he went to bed around midnight and his wife woke up and realized what had happened about 4 a.m.

The thieves hung blankets in the windows to keep the garage dark while they worked, the man said.

The man said sheriff’s deputies told him it looked like six or so thieves staked out the homes before acting, based on footprints in the snow.

“I think they picked the right time because it had snowed, and snow deadens the sound of footsteps,” he said.

Several of his neighbors suffered similar burglaries, including one who woke up to find his truck and credit cards missing, he said.

He said he’s heard about similar thefts in the past couple weeks, including a car break-in and stolen tools on Neff Road and a truck theft near Bauer Funeral Home on Columbia Road.

He said he wanted to caution anyone living in the area to take precautions.

“Thank God, no one was hurt, but it’s the type of thing where your stomach just drops when you see it happened to you,” he said. “Some of that stuff is irreplaceable.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.