December 20, 2014

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UPDATED: Lorain police arrest 13 on burglary, theft charges

LORAIN – Police conducted a three-hour-long series of arrests Thursday morning, taking 13 people into custody for theft- and burglary-related offenses that occurred over the past year.

At about 8 a.m. Thursday, Lorain Police and the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force served warrants on 12 adults and one teenager for burglary, breaking and entering, robbery or for their roles in those alleged crimes.

Twelve were arrested without incident, but the teenager tried to run from police, according to police.

The 12 adults arrested include:

  • Montana Michelle Johnson, 18, 3400 block of Grove Ave., Lorain
  • Lindsey Grace Collins, 30, 5000 block of Oberlin Ave., Lorain
  • Brian Michael White, 26, homeless
  • Kevin Robert Ford, 19, 300 block of Longford Ave., Elyria, who was charged and released on bond
  • Raymond Dennell Allgood, 21, 860 block of Hollywood Blvd., Elyria
  • Laurence Bates, 22, 1700 block of North Urban Circle, Lorain
  • Samantha Lynn Prieto, 20, 1000 block of Wellfleet Drive, Grafton
  • Shadow Les Paul Parsley, 20, 1600 Lehigh St., Lorain
  • Jeremy Isaiah Roldan, 20, 1800 block of East 37th St., Lorain
  • Tevin Earl Golson, 21, 400 block of West 34th St., Lorain
  • Justin Daquan Miller, 18, 1100 block of West 29th St., Lorain
  • Alexis Castillo, 31, 2000 block of East 30th St., Lorain

Police are still seeking three suspects — Shawn Michael Pabon, 19, 2900 block of Denver Ave., Lorain; Dominic Michael Bellamy, 22, 500 block of West 23rd St., Lorain; and Alexander Xavier Lee, 19, 2500 block of Oakdale Ave., Lorain.

According to a release from the police department, the suspects arrested face a total of 37 felony charges.

The crimes date back to 2012, Lorain Police Lt. Roger Watkins said. The arrests are the result of a year-long investigation by police into strings of burglaries and robberies in central and south Lorain.

Many of the people arrested on Thursday were part of burglary crews or groups, according to Watkins.

Police said the suspects generally entered homes through an open door or window and stole large screen televisions and game consoles. These suspects are believed to be responsible for more than 100 burglaries, and additional charges are expected to be added, according to the release.

Watkins added that the arrest sweep – named “Operation Grinch Grab” – was conducted before the holidays when he believes that many of the people arrested would have tried to commit burglaries again.

“I have no doubts that these people would not stop doing what they do,” Watkins said.

Police reminded citizens to be vigilant in their neighborhoods as the holiday season approaches and to report suspicious activity immediately by calling 204-2100.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.