December 17, 2014

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Duo tries to hot-wire own car, calls for tow after stealing from vehicles

NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A pair of men suspected of up to a dozen vehicle break-ins might have gotten away with it had they not lost their own car keys, police said.

Police arrested Ryan Casper, 21, of Lorain, and Andrew Krugman, 21, of Elyria, shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday when a Clear Creek Drive resident called police to report a pair of suspicious males in the neighborhood.

“These were not the smartest fellas,” Police Capt. Marti Garrow said. “They tried to hot-wire their own car after losing the keys and then had to call for a tow truck.”

Police said the pair slept in their car for some time Tuesday morning before a tow truck arrived about 10:45 a.m.

The pair was arrested shortly afterward by police after the resident called the station.

“Had she waited another 10 or 15 minutes to call us, they might have gotten away with it,” Garrow said.

Police said the pair confessed to entering eight to 12 unlocked vehicles, including those of residents on Rachel Lane and Halle Circle, whose wallets were recovered by police, along with an assortment of cash, credit cards, and electronics.

Police were still in the process of inventorying items taken from vehicles but said they included iPods, GPS units, iPhones, chargers, money, and a backpack.

“We’re not sure yet what belongs to whom,” Garrow said.

The thefts are believed to have taken place between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Krugman and Casper told police they initially drove to the area to find a party at a Chestnut Ridge Road address in Elyria.

“But when they didn’t find it, they worked their way over here, parked on Clear Creek Drive, and walked to Chestnut Ridge and the Halle Circle area where they entered vehicles,” Garrow said.

Police began searching the suspects’ car and found the stolen property after officers first questioned the pair, grew suspicious, and called for a police dog that alerted officers to what proved to be a small amount of marijuana inside the vehicle, police said.

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