November 28, 2014

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Suspect arrested in 3 Amherst burglaries

AMHERST — Police have charged an Amherst man in connection with three break-ins over the past two months.

Nicklaus Maharidge, 20, was charged Saturday with two counts of burglary and one count of attempted burglary, according  Amherst Police Lt. Dan. Jasinski.

Two of the break-ins were reported to have occurred Nov. 27 on Axtel Street while the third took place Oct. 10 at a Sunrise Drive residence.

Two of the charges are third-degree felonies, while the third is a second-degree felony, according to police.

Maharidge was being held Saturday at the Lorain County Jail pending arraignment in Oberlin Municipal Court.

Police said other suspects have been identified in connection with four of the other break-ins. Investigations into those burglaries are continuing, and no charges have been filed, Jasinski said.

Police did not say whether Maharidge is linked to the other burglaries being investigated.

Amherst experienced a rash of nearly 30 burglaries and break-ins of vehicles over the past few months.

Those incidents occurred in neighborhoods throughout the city. Most are believed to have taken place in the afternoon and evening hours.

In most of the thefts, electronics, jewelry and money were taken, although a small number of residents reported they had bigger items such as TV sets and golf clubs taken as well.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.