LIMA — Two men accused of breaking into numerous cars were arrested during the weekend, thanks to an alert resident and fast work by police officers.
Kevin Johnson, 24, of 135 N. Seriff Drive, was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to petty theft, possession of criminal tools, and possession of dangerous drugs, Lima Police Department Maj. Chip Protsman said.
Scott Ferenczi, 34, was charged with petty theft, suspicion of burglary, criminal mischief, possession of criminal tools, and obstructing official business, Protsman said.
The car break-ins occurred Saturday night into Sunday morning on Lima’s west and north sides. The break came when officers were called to the 1600 block of Leland Avenue at 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Protsman said.
A resident notified officers someone was breaking into cars and provided a description of one of the criminals and the car he was in, Protsman said.
An officer in the area of North Nixon Avenue and West High Street saw a car matching the description of the suspect vehicle and made a stop, Protsman said.
So far, police officers have received reports of at least seven car break-ins and one burglary of a vacant home. About 30 items of property have been recovered, Protsman said.
“We think we got the majority of it. If people found their cars were broken into, contact us,” he said.
The thiefs stole laptop computers, GPS units, music CDs, cellphones and anything they could turn over quickly. Protsman surmises they were looking to score drugs with the stolen items, he said.
Anyone with a break-in can call the Lima Police Department at 419-221-5264 to arrange to retrieve their stolen items. The person must have some type of proof of ownership, such as an item serial number, he said.
Protsman said stopping the break-ins as it happened thanks to an alert resident is a good example of why police officers need the help of residents. It also shows how effective residents working with police officers to solve crime can be.
“As always, we can’t do it without the public’s help. We always ask everyone to be vigilant and keep an eye on their neighborhood,” Protsman said.