LIMA - Bond was set at $50,000 Wednesday for two men charged in a Copus Road home invasion earlier this week and the men may be connected to a series of similar crimes in the region, authorities said.
John A. Morangello, 22, of 713 Broadway, is charged with aggravated robbery, drug paraphernalia or possession, expired plates and fictitious plates. The robbery charge is the only felony.
Javen Harvey, 18, of 912 W. Wayne St., is charged with aggravated robbery and obstructing official business. A sheriff's deputy said Harvey was out of jail on bond in another aggravated robbery case.
Preliminary hearings for both men have been set for Jan. 23.
The men are accused of breaking into the South Copus Road home of Henry G. Quatman, 57, just before 1 a.m. Tuesday. The men and a 17-year-old boy held guns on Quatman and his wife as they woke them from sleeping, Allen County Sheriff Maj. Clyde Breitigan said.
The group ransacked the house and grabbed anything they could turn into money, Breitigan said.
The men are suspects in home invasions or burglaries in Auglaize County, Shawnee Township and Putnam County, Breitigan said.
Lima Police Department officers arrested the men following a routine traffic stop.
The men were in a car pulled over for having an expired license plate at North and McDonel streets, Breitigan said.
The Lima officer who stopped the car remembered a description of the men as well as the car connected to a home invasion in Shawnee Township, Shawnee Township Police Chief Mike Keith said.
Shawnee Township police are looking at the men for a Jan. 9 attempted home invasion in the 5100 block of Spencerville Road where several people were trying to kick in a door to the home and the woman at home screamed, which scared them off, Keith said.
The other home invasion was Dec. 15 on Springview Drive. A group of men broke into the house and smacked a man with a gun. They stole a gun and numerous electronic items from the home, Keith said.
The men had hoods up and were wearing bandanas over their faces during the Dec. 15 robbery. The woman in the other robbery didn't see the men, Keith said.
No charges have been filed by Shawnee Township police but investigators have fairly strong cases, he said.
Putnam County Sheriff's Office investigators are looking at the men in connection with three burglaries west of Columbus Grove. The dates of those crimes were Dec. 17, 18 and Jan. 3, Sheriff Jim Beutler said.
Auglaize County is looking at the men on four burglaries with similar circumstances, said Chief Deputy Mike Eberle.
All crimes have similar patterns where a group of men kick in the door or attempt to, or enter through a window to get inside, officials said.
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