September 1, 2014

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Police say thieves stole tablets from Elyria library

ELYRIA – The Elyria Public Library was trying to extol the virtues of downloadable books and videos from their collection by displaying a collection of electronics on which to view them. Instead, the display proved too much for some locals, who are accused of stealing three tablets from the display.

Fredrick Algood, 22, was charged with theft and vandalism around 2:30 p.m. Thursday as he was walking at the intersection of Middle Avenue and 3rd Street.

Lavell Andrews, 22, was charged with breaking and entering, theft and vandalism around 2 p.m. Thursday at the police station in Elyria.

Around 10 p.m. March 13, police arrived at the Elyria Public Library on 320 Washington Ave. after a caller reported that someone was trying to break in through a window.

The suspect was gone by the time police arrived but they found a lawn chair sitting below a partially open window on the north side of the building, according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino. The screen in front of the window was ripped open, Costantino said.

Police weren’t able to find the suspect that night, but they did get a clear surveillance photo of the break-in attempt and started an investigation, Costantino said.

Two weeks later, another incident at the library led police to their suspect.

On Wednesday, an employee at the library noticed two Samsung Galaxy tablets and a Kindle missing from a table. He reviewed surveillance videos from the day before and saw a man – later identified as Algood – walk to a table of computer tablets and Kindles, cut the cord that secured one of the tablets to the wall and take it with him, according to Costantino.

The surveillance footage showed Andrews joining Algood at the table wearing a green coat and a maroon sweatshirt – clothes that police recognized from surveillance of the attempted break-in on March 13, Costantino said.

Police brought Andrews into the police station for questioning and charged him with the break-in, vandalism and theft on Thursday.

Andrews and Algood both were taken to Lorain County Jail, where they were being held Friday. Algood was being held on a $5,000 bond until his court date at 1 p.m. on Monday at Elyria Municipal Court. Andrews is being held on a $10,000 bond.

For a library strapped for funds, the loss – which amounts to a few hundred dollars – is not easily replaceable.

“We’re out of the money,” Director of Elyria Public Library System Lyn Crouse said.

She said the library just bought the tablets and Kindle a month ago as a way to give the public a sort of “technology petting zoo” where people can test out technology before they buy it. The idea comes from libraries in surrounding cities which have bought similar items, but they have not reported similar problems with theft, Crouse said.

Along with faucets that were stolen from the library bathroom a month ago, the West River Road branch of the library was broken into last year and a wide screen television was taken, Crouse said.

“It’s a shame because we do this for the patrons,” Crouse said, adding that the library will not be replacing the tablets stolen in Tuesday’s theft. “It’s just disheartening to me.”

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

  • golfingirl

    Probably the only time they have been in a library in their lives.

  • Sis Delish

    And we’re supposed to donate money so they can see the Fireworks? LOL

    • Air and Light

      Smh. Yes. We are “supposed” to donate money so those “two men” can see fireworks. Just those two men. smh.

    • Jeff

      Another useless comment from your trap !!

    • stillsleepyeyes

      I’m sure burge will have them out in time to see the fireworks…………..

  • Carrie Watson

    And why wouldn’t the police give the items back, unless the thieves already sold them, and it’s not possible?

  • onesears

    Insurance??

  • SniperFire

    “We’re out of the money,” Director of Elyria Public Library System Lyn Crouse said.’

    Time to cut back on the ‘petting zoos.’ And your fat pension.

  • Sis Delish

    Let’s see, you donate money for fireworks, then on the 2nd or 3rd of July, you head on over for an enjoyable evening to the fireworks location, way over on the West Side of town, and leave your house un-attended.

    Frederick and Lavell, et al. the two stars in the above story and those within their classified occupation now have easy pickin’s.

    “And we’re supposed to donate money so they can see the Fireworks? LOL”… takes on a whole new meaning when described thusly. Frederick and Lavell won’t be enjoying the fireworks…

  • Rtgh123

    If manager Terri can double down on arguing over 50 cent fines with more octogenarians with dementia who were just released from the hospital, then more tablets are a realistic goal.

  • bROWNS77

    What the heck is a matter with these people!
    2 losers who’s parents didn’t do there job.
    Need to pass a post-abortion law , if your kid turns 21 and hasn’t made anything of themselves take them out behind the barn and shoot em.
    Lol, j/k

  • Don Grantzki

    Must have wanted them so they can play games.

  • lock em up

    How many times is Fred gonna rob people before he gets locked up. He broke in my house in 2011 and they did nothing.

  • DianeS9

    Sorry to hear about the theft. What a sad world we live in.

  • Pablo Jones

    Bring back the public floggings. 1 lash for every $10 they steal. I’d bet the only store he will even go near in the future would be the dollar store and he will never touch anyone’s stuff unless they hand it to him.

  • Americaschild

    So first the library should have monitored taxpayer’s purchases much better, and second these crooks need to go to jail.

    • Sis Delish

      Let us not forget the fines for not returning the items… Naw, can’t punish these fellas for not having proper identification in the form of a Library Card… that’s just not fair… They can Vote, but not check out items at the Library.

  • Phil Blank

    But who is really at fault here?
    Even retail outlets lock-down their laptops and tablets to the display cases or counters so no one can steal them!
    But not the library?
    Does that make any sense to anyone else?
    In todays world, especially with the heroin problem, if its not locked down, its gone!
    USE YOUR HEADS!

    • Oneday67

      “On Wednesday, an employee at the library noticed two Samsung Galaxy tablets and a Kindle missing from a table. He reviewed surveillance videos from the day before and saw a man – later identified as Algood – walk to a table of computer tablets and Kindles, cut the cord that secured one of the tablets to the wall and take it with him, according to Costantino.”

      “Cut the cord” Read the story then post.

  • Simon Jester

    Public stocks.

    Just add handy things to throw.

  • JeremEy Kimbrough

    Its sad that this happened, but you guys know white people are the king of stealing.

  • Joshua Currier

    elyria..