Warren house raided for evidence in theft, gagging of 77-yr-old

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Authorities raided a home at 8722 Warwick Rd. SE in Warren Thursday, hoping to find stolen items from a May case of theft in Sandusky, Oh., but came up empty-handed, according to court documents obtained by WKBN.

At least one officer from the Sandusky Police Department searched the residence, according to a warrant obtained by WKBN. Authorities believed there to be a bag inside with items stolen by or used to steal by Yousif Hamad, 25, arrested June 26 and booked at the Trumbull County Jail.

Police allege that on May 14, Hamad and a partner held up a 77-year-old woman in Sandusky at gunpoint and took jewelry off her person and from her home, then bound and gagged her with duct tape, leaving her face down on a bed.

Police believe Hamad to be the son of a jewelry store owner at the Sandusky Mall from whom the victim purchased custom-designed jewelry. The victim said Hamad and his partner were adamant about getting her jewelry.

After the theft, police tracked Hamad’s cell phone and met him at a hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. After obtaining fingerprints and a photograph from Hamad, a grand jury in Erie County, where Sandusky is located, issued a secret indictment for Hamad.

The United States Marshal’s office then arrested Hamad on felony theft charges on June 26, according to the court documents and information from a member of the warden’s office at the Trumbull Co. Jail.

The warden’s office worker also said that Hamad went free July 11 after posting $2500 bond and that he was later taken to the Erie County Jail, where he is located as of Friday, according to online jail records.

Detective Gary Wichman with the Sandusky Police Department monitored Hamad’s jail house calls and said that on July 28, he told his sister to get a bag from the house on Warwick Rd. and hide it underneath the house, according to the search warrant.

According to the warrant, a confidential informant told Wichman that he dropped Hamad off at the Warwick residence, which belongs to Hamad’s grandmother on June 26. On that day, the informant, who is not named, said Hamad told him he left two loaded handguns in the bag and talked about several loose diamonds and a stash of money. The informant also said Hamad was staying at his grandmother’s house.

The return on the search warrant, filed Thursday in the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas and signed by judge Wyatt McKay, shows that officers did not take anything from the house as evidence.

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