October 26, 2014

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Teens arrested after alleged metal theft from farm

PENFIELD TWP.  — Two teens were arrested yesterday afternoon and deputies are looking for a third after about $2,000 worth of parts were stolen from a farm and cashed in at a recycling center.

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According to a Lorain County Sheriff’s Office report, a 17-year-old South Amherst boy is charged with breaking and entering, theft and fictitious plates. A 19-year-old he said committed the thefts with him was found to have a warrant for petty theft through the Oberlin Police Department.

Emil Mandich, 18, also of South Amherst, is charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug abuse paraphernalia, but he was apparently not directly involved in the theft, according to the report.

Robert Gordon called deputies to Gordon Farms at 43191 Jones Road in Penfield Township about 5 p.m. yesterday. He said he’d found about $2,000 worth of spare vehicle parts missing from the site about 5 p.m.

Gordon told deputies he saw a white pickup truck drive onto the farm and to a wooded area earlier in the day, but he was not concerned because he allows his neighbors to hunt on his property. He later noticed the parts — axles, pulleys and cast-iron wheels — missing.

Gordon said he went to County View Auto Recycling in Spencer, where he found his items had been cashed in.

Using the driver’s license number provided to the recycling center, deputies were able to find two of the teens at a South Amherst home, the report said.

During a search of a Mandich’s white Chevrolet S10, which was at the home, deputies found a license plate that had been affixed to the truck over its temporary registration while at the recycling center as well as receipts dated yesterday from the recycling center in the amounts of $87.50 and $98.

A deputy also found a baggy of suspected marijuana and a glass pipe, the report said.

The 17-year-old told deputies he and the 19-year-old friend has spotted the metal while four-wheeling and returned yesterday with Mandich’s truck to take the metal to scrap it.

Mandich was taken to the Lorain County Jail, and the 17-year-old was released to his mother.