GRANGER TWP. — Medina County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Grafton couple Saturday in connection with a string of burglaries in Liverpool Township that began in April.
Deputies arrested Jerimiah N. Covey, 35, and Shannon R. Covey, 29, after their vehicle was identified as one spotted near the scene of an attempted burglary on Stony Hill Road in Granger Township.
The couple was arrested after deputies reported finding items suspected stolen during a recent burglary of a home in York Township, reports said.
Sheriff’s Capt. Kenneth Baca said the Coveys are suspects in more than a dozen burglaries in the Medina County’s northwest corner.
“We do believe they’re connected, and we’re investigating that right now as we’re going through it, along with what other suspects might be involved,” Baca said.
In October, deputies arrested Charles Anthony Miller, 55, of 6060 Boston Road, Liverpool Township. He was charged with credit card theft, but officials say he also was connected to burglaries in Liverpool Township and southeast Lorain County.
At that time, there had been 13 burglaries in the township in just more than two months, including nine in September. Police suspect an April burglary also is related.
Baca said the he believes two separate groups of criminals are targeting the same areas.
Four of the burglaries occurred in the 5000 and 6000 blocks of Boston Road. The others were reported on Abbeyville, Spieth, Metzger, Myrtle Hill, Lester, West River, Neff, Crocker and Erhart Northern roads.
In addition to $6,000 worth of jewelry, cash and savings bonds and six handguns, thieves also took birth certificates and Social Security cards for an entire family and an air compressor and a tractor with attached equipment and construction ladders.
Miller served a year in prison after being convicted in 2007 on 11 counts of felony breaking and entering. He also served a concurrent one-year sentence for felony auto theft, felony theft and felony breaking and entering.
Court records in Medina and Lorain counties show no prior theft charges for either Covey and only a 2001 operating a vehicle impaired charge for Jerimiah Covey.
The Coveys are in custody at the Medina County Jail. At an initial appearance hearing Tuesday in Medina Municipal Court, bond was set at $500,000 for Jerimiah Covey and $350,000 for his wife.