October 25, 2014

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Burglary spree hits Wadsworth

WADSWORTH — Police are asking the public for help in investigating several thefts from cars in the neighborhoods of Highland Avenue, Ohio Avenue and North Pardee Street.

Since Wednesday, three residents on Ohio Avenue and two on North Pardee Street have had items taken from their vehicles overnight, and one resident on Highland Avenue had two vehicles burglarized.

We “just want to get the word to the public to keep things locked up and not leave the valuables in the car and call us if they see anything suspicious,” police Lt. Rob Wyrick said.

Wyrick said several thousand dollars worth of items were taken in the six incidents, including miscellaneous tools from a contractor’s truck, hunting equipment and supplies — including a crossbow valued at several hundred dollars — cell phone chargers, a portable Sirius Satellite Radio receiver, men’s and women’s wallets, an iPod, and loose change.

Wyrick said police have no suspects yet.

Besides locking cars and keeping them free of valuables, police recommend that if property is left in vehicles, do not leave it visible and park in a well-lit area.

“We’re asking for the public’s help to assist us in safeguarding their property, motor vehicles and our city. We rely on the public to be our ‘eyes and ears’ in any suspicious situations,” Wyrick said in a Friday news release.

Residents can report any unusual or unfamiliar vehicles, persons or activities in their neighborhoods 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at (330) 334-1511 (non-emergency), or call 911 for emergencies.

Anonymous information regarding drugs or other criminal activity can be left in a voicemail box at (330) 335-2769. Information also can be provided to departmental personnel via e-mail at wadsworthpd@gmail.com or via the department’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wadsworthpd.

Contact reporter Dan Pompili at (330) 721-4012 or dpompili@medina-gazette.com.