July 22, 2014

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Police: Child used in break-in

A surveillance video from June 15 outside of Eli’s Kitchen on Public Square in Medina shows an adult and a child exiting through the back door of the diner after breaking in and smashing the cash register on the floor around 2:15 a.m. PHOTO PROVIDED

A surveillance video from June 15 outside of Eli’s Kitchen on Public Square in Medina shows an adult and a child exiting through the back door of the diner after breaking in and smashing the cash register on the floor around 2:15 a.m. PHOTO PROVIDED

MEDINA — The video looks like a scene from Charles Dickens’ tale of Oliver Twist.

An adult, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, is seen knocking on the back door of Eli’s Kitchen, 115 Public Square, in the middle of the night.

After the second knock, the person is let in.

Nine minutes later, the back door reopens. But it’s not the adult who emerges; it’s a small child followed by the adult.

Medina police say they suspect the adult used the child to break into Eli’s Kitchen about 2:15 a.m. June 15.

A surveillance video, shot from a security camera behind the diner, captured the action.

Sgt. Scott Marcum said it is possible the adult used the youngster to gain entrance into the diner by breaking the glass on the front door and shoving the child through the broken glass.

“They were obviously looking for money,” he said. “They had smashed the register and it was on the ground.”

Nothing was reported stolen from the diner.

The incident was reported 45 minutes later when a man walking down East Liberty Street noticed the shattered glass on the sidewalk and went to the police station.

Marcum said it is unclear whether the adult is a man or a woman.

He also said Eli’s Kitchen has been the victim of previous break-ins in the past year.

Anyone who has information on this incident is asked to contact dispatch or Detective Sara Lynn at (330) 725-7777.

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.