September 19, 2014

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Guns, trucks reported stolen from homes in Liverpool Twp.

LIVERPOOL TWP. — A shotgun, a pistol and two pickups were among property stolen from three homes within a half-mile stretch of Columbia and Neff roads over the holiday weekend.

The Medina County Sheriff’s Office released copies of the incident reports from three homeowners who said thieves entered their garage or shed early Friday.

The first report came at 7:08 a.m. when homeowners in the 2600 block of Columbia Road got into their car and found someone had been inside it. Then they discovered the husband’s 2004 GMC Envoy was missing from the garage.

In addition to the stolen car, they reported a wallet, cell phone and .22-caliber Ruger pistol was stolen.

At 9:06 a.m., a resident in the 2400 block of Columbia Road reported waking up and finding the garage door open and when the resident went outside to close it, discovered a 1996 Ford truck was missing, along with a single-shot shotgun, $40 in ammunition, a pellet gun and more than 200 tools.

About noon, another homeowner in the 2400 block of Columbia Road reported hearing noises and seeing people by the outbuildings around midnight, but nothing was found missing.

Another neighbor in the 6500 block of Neff Road reported a shed had been entered, but nothing was stolen.

Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Travis Colonius also released reports this week from two break-ins in late November and early December that deputies think may be tied to Friday’s thefts.

On Nov. 30, a Ford pickup was reported stolen from a home in the 6600 block of Neff Road. On Dec. 4, an alarm was activated at 11:59 p.m. at a pole barn in the 6400 block of South Rim Circle. No one was found and deputies reported it appeared that the alarm scared them off.

Colonius declined to say whether the investigation had identified any suspects at this time.

One of the victims in the 2400 block of Columbia Road estimated the value of the items he lost was about $15,000, including his truck, musical instrument, fishing equipment and tools.

He said the area is relatively crime-free and he left his garage door closed, but unlocked, with a key for the car in the garage. He said he never expected to be the victim of a burglary.

“I’ve never been broken into before,” he said.

Reporter Nick Glunt contributed to this report.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.