Antonio M. Davis, 30, of Cleveland, and Larry Haynik Jr., 31, of Strongsville, appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Tuesday to answer to multiple charges of breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, theft and safecracking in connection with a string of early morning break-ins at four bars in the area of French Creek and Detroit roads in Avon.
Both pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Davis was released on a $2,500 bond, while Haynik`s case is being bound over to Lorain County Common Pleas Court for consideration by a grand jury. He was released from Lorain County Jail on a $7,500 bond.
Both men had been held since Sunday, when they were arrested on Interstate 90 near state Route 83 after police pulled over Davis` car, a white Chevy Blazer, because it matched the description of one seen about 5:25 a.m. leaving Dusty`s Tavern on French Creek Road.
Avon police Sgt. Brian Tackett said officers patrolling the area thought the car was suspicious after it was seen leaving the closed bar, and a 50-inch big screen television was found sitting in the middle of the parking lot.
It is thought that the pair was attempting to steal the television but could not fit it inside the SUV before police arrived.
During the traffic stop, officers found other electronics and cash in the car thought to have come from the bar, Tackett said. However, other officers who were sent to check on other area businesses found three more bars were also broken into.
Police said both men also burglarized Frank and Ellie`s Place, Creekside Brewhouse and Blue Chip Beverage, all on Detroit Road.
A safe was broken into at Creekside Brewhouse and Blue Chip Beverage. Those two businesses are owned by the same owner and share the same building.
“They did all this in about 60 to 90 minutes because we have at least one owner who said he was inside his bar until 4 a.m. cleaning up,” Tackett said.
Tackett said Davis and Haynik told police they knew the community because for several weeks, they worked construction in the area.
Both have criminal records in Cuyahoga County.