BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Police have told WKBN Tuesday that they believe there may be another crew still at large that has been participating in a recent series of thefts in Mahoning County, as items which have been recovered do not match descriptions of everything stolen.
The U.S. Marshal’s Service arrested two more people Wednesday morning in Howland Township suspected of being involved in the thefts.
Howland Police and the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department assisted in the arrest after obtaining a warrant for at least one of the suspects. Police recovered what they believe is stolen merchandise from the home at 8600 Huntley Dr. in Howland and believe the pair is connected to a rash of car break-in thefts in Boardman and Poland Townships.
Three more suspects from the Niles area are in the Mahoning County Jail and due in court Wednesday in relation to the break-ins.
The three suspects, Tera Watters, 24, Keith Sarrach, 23, and Roxann Putnam, 32, were arrested overnight after a rash of thefts in Poland Township Monday evening. The incidents happened at about the same time as another series of incidents in Boardman Township at the YMCA and Boardman Park.
Police said eight cars were broken into at the Davis branch YMCA about 6 p.m. Monday, where purses and other small items were stolen. A short time later, more cars were broken into at Boardman Township Park.
“Many of these crimes are crimes of opportunity. Whether they are occurring in the neighborhoods or the shopping districts or the parks, if you take your valuables and you lock them in the trunk, number one, they are not going to be seen, so the thief will more than likely bypass your vehicle,” said Boardman Police Det. Glenn Patton. “Number two, locking your vehicle makes it more difficult for the thief to gain access.”
Poland Township Police Chief Brian Goodin said Watters, Sarrach and Putnam were arrested early Tuesday after a traffic stop on Western Reserve Road during which officers allegedly found some of the stolen items inside. He said the trio admitted to the break-ins after being questioned.
“As of now, we have about five, six, seven victims that we were able to recover some of their property based on their knowing their car was gone into, giving us descriptions, some credit cards, wallets, obviously with names on it,” Goodin said.
Patton said his department is waiting on video evidence and witness accounts to see if the three suspects are the same ones responsible for the break-ins at Boardman Park and the YMCA.
“We could have two different groups out,” Patton said.
The break-ins in Boardman involved smashed windows, while the thieves in Poland only went after unlocked cars.
“Just seems like they went through the development, any unlocked cars, they went through, rummaged through, and took anything that they could possibly grab,” Goodin said.