ELYRIA — An Elyria man who was checking his mother-in-law’s house on Tuesday morning walked in on an intruder and ended up chasing the topless theft suspect down the street.
Police charged Scarlet Byrge, 29, Tuesday morning on the 200 block of Massachusetts Avenue with theft after Terry Vickery said he found her in his mother-in-law’s house attempting to steal a television.
Vickery said that he was going to the house because he saw two men parked in the driveway and he heard strange noises coming from the supposedly empty mobile home. Vickery said that when he walked to the home, the men drove away.
After Vickery walked in and found Byrge, he attempted to lock her in the home while he called police. However, Byrge broke through the bedroom window and ran down the street, yelling that she was pregnant, police said.
When Vickery followed her and grabbed her shirt in an attempt to stop her, Byrge took off her shirt and kept running topless until she was stopped by parole Officer Tom Guyer at the 10000 block of Middle Avenue.
Police arrived at the scene at 10:50 a.m. and questioned Byrge, who said that the men in the car held her at gunpoint and forced her to rob the house. She also said that she and the two men were all high on crack, police said.
Police, however, said no witnesses saw the two men get out of the car, and they found a cooler placed below the bedroom window and saw that the glass of the window was broken inside the house, indicating that Byrge entered the house by breaking through the window.
Detectives are looking into Byrge’s accusations.