April 20, 2014

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Robbers take game system while family sleeping

LORAIN — When Bonnie Hobbs and her children fell asleep on Christmas night, everything seemed normal. However, when they woke up the next morning, they found someone had entered their home, stolen a game system, a backpack, moved items around and left little evidence for police.

Hobbs told police that she fell asleep in her bedroom on the 300 block of West 15th Street on Wednesday night. Her son and his sister had fallen asleep in the first-floor living room after watching a movie on their Sony PlayStation 3, according to the police report.

About 7 a.m. Thursday, Hobbs’ son woke up because he thought he heard the front door open. However, when he found his mother still in her room and didn’t see anyone in the house, he went back to sleep, according to the report.

Hours later, Hobbs and her children woke up to find the PlayStation 3, along with a black and pink backpack, were missing from their house. Hobbs told police she checked the rest of the house and found that two plates of food that had been in their refrigerator the night before were upstairs in her son’s bedroom. Her son’s dresser drawers also were opened, and he was missing a few pieces of clothing, according to the report.

Police were initially skeptical as to how someone could have entered the house since nothing was broken and there were no signs of forced entry. However, when police checked the door they found the seal on the front door frame was ripped, leading them to believe that someone could have used a credit card to unlock the door, according to the report. Apart from the seal of the door, police couldn’t find further evidence of a possible break-in.

Hobbs told police that her other son was staying at a friend’s house that night, and the friend might have entered Hobbs’ house and stolen the items, but police weren’t able to get in contact with the friend Thursday morning.

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

  • Bonnie Pickett

    On Dec. 26th our business, Case Plating was broken into and they stole our gun safe containing about 15 guns (shotguns, pistols and rifles), all of my expensive jewelry (Opals, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds) Wittnaer ladies diamond watch , men;s gold ROlex. Also in the safe were all of our important papers, deeds, wills, POA, living wills, birth certificates, etc. We also had collections of mint coin sets proof sets, 168 silver certificates,a gold $20 certificate and many other coins. There is a reward up to $2000 for the return of the safe & contents, or even contents. If anyone hears something suspicious, please call 288-8304 (the call will be confidential)

  • WTFnext

    Why would they take 2 plates of food upstairs and take her son’s clothes? Just doesn’t sound right.