August 30, 2014

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Neighbor helps cops catch alleged burglars

ELYRIA — Two people were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a home because of a neighbor’s watchful eye.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the neighbor called police at 8:40 p.m. Friday after the person spotted a male and female standing on a porch “acting suspicious.” Officers who were nearby went to the home in the 600 block of Harvard Avenue and found a screen door open and a window screen leaning up against the house.

Costantino said officers spotted the suspects, and they took off running. They were later apprehended at Cornell Avenue.

Police charged the two — Jeremy Krugman, 25, and Amber Miller, 24 — with two counts of possession of criminal tools and burglary.

Costantino said the suspects had a book bag filled with items taken during a burglary last week, but police are still investigating for more charges.

The homeowner was contacted and she reported jewelry was taken and her laptop had been moved.

Costantino said the arrest may not have been made if the neighbor hadn’t quickly reported it.

“This is a great example of the community and police working together to solve a problem,” he said. “The individual who called should definitely be commended.”

Krugman and Miller were arraigned Monday at Elyria Municipal Court, where they entered no plea to the charges.