A Shaker Heights man was arrested and charged in a string of car break-ins when he and two others were found by Twinsburg police hiding inside a car early Friday morning, according to a news release.
Charged with felony theft and receiving stolen property were: Jeremiah Elliott, 20, of Shaker Heights; Joshua Elliott, 21, of Warrensville Heights; and Jordan Houston, 19, of Richmond Heights. They were taken to the Twinsburg jail and arraigned by video Friday.
According to Police Chief Chris Noga, at about 2 a.m. Friday morning, Dec. 7, police received a call from the Highlands subdivision off of Liberty Road on a report of people breaking into cars.
The officers discovered several unlocked cars parked in driveways that had been entered. A number of items were missing, including a laptop computer, cell phones, sunglasses, electronic device chargers, and cash and gifts cards, according to police.
None of the cars were locked.
At about 2:50 a.m. a Summit County sheriff's deputy was searching at the corner of Evans Way and Pam Court and foound three men in black clothing crouched down and hiding in a car, according to police. Police also found items on them that matched those that were reported missing.
One of the arrested men told police that they only entered unlocked cars, and came to Twinsburg because "they knew people had money out here."
Noga said the break-ins should be a reminder that people need to lock their car doors.
"This was great work by both our officers and Summit County deputies," he said. "However, these crimes were preventable. We encourage our residents to take their valuables out of their parked vehicles and to lock their cars while they are in their driveways."