November 22, 2014

Elyria
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Residents report 3 break-ins

ELYRIA — At least three Elyria homes off Abbe Road were reported broken into while residents were home sleeping, Elyria police reports said.

In the most recent incident, on Friday, the 58-year-old homeowner told police she suspected her grandson was responsible, one report said.

However, in the other two incidents — both in the 100 block of Pepperdine Drive near North Abbe Road — the homeowners told police their homes were broken into during the early morning hours Thursday.

The first incident was reported at 8:34 a.m. Thursday, the second just 35 minutes later, the reports said.

One of the homeowners, a 64-year-old woman, told police she discovered the window screen had been pulled off the front of her porch, but she didn’t realize someone had tried to break in until she saw a police officer across the street investigating a break-in at a neighbor’s home, a report said.

The other woman, 58, told police she woke up around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and opened a ground-floor kitchen window to circulate air, then went upstairs to shower, a report said.

When the woman exited the shower and went into the hallway, she smelled cigarette smoke in her home and grew concerned because no one in the home smokes, a report said.

Upon investigating, the woman saw two people moving around in her backyard near the open kitchen window; she turned on a flood light in her backyard and went to retrieve her eyeglasses, but by then the suspects had fled, a report said.

The woman then went downstairs to investigate and discovered that some tomatoes that had been on her kitchen window sill had been knocked to the ground outside, and a chair had been propped near the window. She also discovered two small tears in her window screen near the locking mechanisms, the report said.

It was undetermined if anything had been stolen from the homes, and police listed no suspects in the Pepperdine Drive burglaries.