December 22, 2014

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Oft-arrested teen in custody as suspect in Lorain burglaries

LORAIN — A teenager who admitted to 27 burglaries and was found driving a stolen car last year was arrested again Friday morning after he and another man broke into a South Lorain house, according to police.

The 17-year-old Lorain boy was charged with burglary about 11 a.m. Friday at a house on the 2400 block of East 37th Street in Lorain. He was found hiding in the attic of the house with Steven Johnson, 18, who was also charged with burglary and a warrant for assault.

Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson

Police have been seeking the 17-year-old, who they believed could be connected to recent burglaries in South Lorain around Grove Avenue, according to Lorain police Detective Jake Morris.

On Friday morning, they received a call from a resident on East 37th Street who told police she saw the teenager and Johnson going into her neighbor’s home through a window.

Police arrived and surrounded the house. They saw the teenager and Johnson looking through a window in the house and even opening the front door before seeing officers and going back inside, Morris said.

Police tried to order the teenagers out of the house and when they refused to leave, police, worried that someone could be held against their will inside, went in. They found the teenagers hiding in the attic, Morris said.

As the 17-year-old was being taken into custody, he told police he would be “out tomorrow,” according to police.

He was taken into custody in the spring of 2013 for burglary and in questioning admitted to 27 burglaries around South Lorain, Morris said. The teenager was placed on house arrest following the admission but immediately cut off his ankle monitor and escaped. He was found and charged with escape shortly thereafter, police said.

Police also charged the 17-year-old with driving a stolen car last year.

The 17-year-old’s history was part of the reason police started suspecting him when burglaries were reported in South Lorain.
According to Morris, the 17-year-old and Johnson were seen trying to get into other homes in the area before they are accused of breaking into the one on East 37th Street on Friday morning.

Morris said police believe the two teenagers had a system that they used break into homes in the area which included waiting until residents left for work, breaking into homes during the day and stealing electronic items like TVs and computers.

“We are going to specifically pay attention to his case … to ensure he does not get anything other than consequences for his actions,” Morris said.

The 17-year-old was taken to Lorain County Detention Home while Johnson was taken to Lorain City Jail where he was being held without bond on Friday. Johnson is scheduled to appear Monday in Lorain Municipal Court.

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