October 25, 2014

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Teen pleads not guilty to credit card thefts

MEDINA — A Wooster teenager accused of breaking into vehicles and stealing credit cards in Lodi pleaded not guilty Monday.Taylor W. Lautenschlager, 19, is scheduled for a July 8 trial before Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier on two counts of credit card theft, fifth-degree felonies.
If he is convicted, Lautenschlager could face up to two years in prison.

Two people reported credit cards stolen from their unlocked vehicles at the Highland Garden Apartments on April 18.

Lodi police officers reported they arrested Lautenschlager about 4:30 p.m. the same day.

MEDINA — Police Chief Keith Keough said they identified Lautenschlager on security cameras using a stolen credit card to purchase a carton of cigarettes from a convenience store.

“We showed him the photograph and said, ‘Who’s this?’ and he said, ‘It’s me,’ “ Keough said April 19.
He said the teen may have tried to break into other vehicles on Archer Street, Bank Street, Grove Street, Harris Street, Janice Street, North Academy Street, Oak Court and Pembroke Green on April 16.
Lautenschlager is being held at the county jail on $10,000 bond.

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