December 18, 2014

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Two former Elyria High athletes face burglary charges

Jumarr Lewis

Jumarr Lewis

Ronnie Smith

Ronnie Smith

ELYRIA — Two former Elyria High School athletes — including a former football letterman — were charged with burglary Thursday morning after police found them walking near Ohio Street with stolen items.

Jumarr Lewis and Ronnie Smith, both 19, were charged with burglary about 7 a.m. Thursday at the intersection of Hamilton Street and Gulf Road.

Officers responded to the area after a call from a resident about two suspicious men walking down the street.

When they arrived, police found Smith and Lewis carrying items that had been stolen from a house on Ohio Street earlier that morning, said Lt. William Pelko. Police believe the two men broke into the house by pushing a window air conditioner out of the way. There was no one inside the house at the time of the burglary, and the two left after stealing items from inside, Pelko said.

Lewis and Smith were seniors at Elyria High School last year. Smith played on the basketball team, while Lewis played football as a running back.

Lewis and Smith were taken to Lorain County Jail where they were held without bond Thursday evening. Their next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. today in Elyria Municipal Court.

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