October 22, 2014

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Pair face charges in burglary string

GRAFTON — The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday charged two men they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries three months ago.

Tony Lang II, 25, and Jesse Hildebrandt, 25, of Grafton, each were charged with one count of breaking and entering, theft and tampering with evidence as well as three counts each of aggravated robbery.

The arrests follow an investigation by the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office looking into four burglaries that occurred at businesses around Eaton and Carlisle townships in early December. Police said the burglaries to K&B Sunoco, Britt’s Food and Deli and Valero gas station on Grafton Road, as well as to Eaton Marathon gas station on Royalton Road, all were committed within a week.

All four robberies involved two suspects. In two of the robberies, the suspects had guns, the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to U.S. Marshal Deputy Tony Gardner, the Violent Fugitive Task Force only recently started aiding the Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

On Tuesday they tried to serve arrest warrants to Lang and Hildebrandt at their houses but couldn’t find them, Gardner said. A member of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office called both Lang and Hildebrandt, who agreed to meet officers individually. Lang met members of the task force at the intersection of state Routes 83 and 82, where he turned himself in. Hildebrandt met the task force at the 46700 block of U.S. Route 20 and was charged, deputies said.

Lang and Hildebrandt were being held at Lorain County Jail on a $50,000 bond each. Lang’s next court date is 9 a.m. Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.