July 24, 2014

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Property owner chases away burglars

CARLISLE TWP. — A burglary was thwarted Monday morning by a property owner who assisted police in catching two men accused of breaking into the garage of a vacant property in the 3100 block of Grafton Road.

The property owner confronted the men as they were taking items from the garage around 11:15 a.m., according to sheriff’s Capt. James Drozdowski.

The property owner, identified by the Lorain County Auditor’s website as Henry Husk Jr., couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

One of the men threw a motor at the owner and the two men rammed the owner’s car when he tried to block them from fleeing in a pickup with a trailer, Drozdowski said.

The owner pursued the two men in his car while calling 911 at 11:19 a.m. and staying on the line with dispatchers. Deputies joined the chase into Elyria and were assisted by Elyria police.

“It’s the homeowner. He’s right behind him,” Elyria police officers said in cell phone and radio conversations to police dispatchers provided by Elyria police Sgt. Michael Dussel. “They rammed his car (earlier).”

The men abandoned the truck at a convenience store at Fourth and East River streets and ran.

“There’s two white males,” an officer said. “One of them’s older. He’ll run out of breath.”

The older suspect, identified by police as Steven R. Moore, 60, was arrested by an unidentified Elyria police officer around 11:30 a.m. by Charles Court and the Fourth Street bridge. The second suspect, identified as William Samples, 45, was arrested by Deputy Anthony Damiano on Charles Street by the riverbank, Drozdowski said.

Both Moore, homeless, and Samples, of Sullivan, are due in Elyria Municipal Court today. They were each charged with aggravated robbery, resisting arrest, breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools, obstructing official business and criminal damaging. They were being held without bond Monday night at Lorain County Jail.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.