CARLISLE TWP. — Two Elyria brothers fled into cornfields near a fire-damaged West Ridge Road home on Friday after they were caught inside the house by the homeowner, who had returned to check on his property.
Lorain County Sheriff’s Sgt. Josh Croston said the juvenile brothers had broken into the house at 10303 West Ridge Road and were hiding in the bathroom when the homeowner discovered them.
He said the homeowner put out his arm to stop younger of the pair, an 11-year-old boy, and the older boy, who is 15, pushed and punched him so they could flee.
The two ran into the cornfields, and deputies quickly responded to the area, set up a perimeter and brought in a tracking dog, Croston said.
He said the call came in around 2:30 p.m. and the brothers were arrested around 3:15 p.m. by a Lorain County Metro Parks ranger who was assisting.
The younger boy was released to his parents, and the older boy was being held in the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Home on Friday. Deputies recommended they be charged with attempted robbery and breaking and entering, Croston said.
Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Drozdowski said the boys told deputies that they thought the house looked scary, so they went inside. He said the homeowners have reported that there have been other break-ins at the house since it sustained substantial damage in a June 27 fire.
No one was home at the time the blaze started.
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