December 21, 2014

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Oft-arrested brothers suspected in burglary

LORAIN — A burglary Wednesday led police to the home of two teenaged brothers who have been arrested more than 30 times since they were children, according to police.

A 17-year-old Lorain boy and his 15-year-old brother were charged with juvenile counts of burglary, obstruction of official business and parole violations around 1 p.m. Thursday at their home on the 2300 block of Garfield Boulevard.

About 10 a.m. Thursday, a Lorain resident called police to say that his house had been robbed on the 300 block of Hafely Drive the day before and a television and various electronic devices were stolen. According to Lorain police Detective Ray Colon, someone came in through an open window in the house and stole a significant amount of property.

The investigation led police to the boys’ home. Colon said the brothers have been arrested for similar offenses of theft and breaking and entering more than 30 times since they were 9 and 11 years old.

When police arrived at the house at about 11 a.m., they could see movement inside but no one answered the door, prompting police to get a search warrant and monitor the house for two hours until the warrant came through, Colon said.

At 1 p.m., police went inside with the search warrant and said they found items including televisions and jewelry in the backyard and inside the house that had been stolen in the burglary the day before.

Police said the 17-year-old fought when officers tried to arrest him and the 15-year-old ran down the street until he was caught and handcuffed, Colon said.

The boys were taken to the Lorain County juvenile detention home, where they were being held Friday afternoon.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com.