Avon Lake

Two 17-year-olds were arrested today by Avon Lake police for entering unlocked cars early this morning.

Detective Sgt. Vince Molnar said the department received a call at about 4:30 a.m. Monday from Mary Kenny at 218 Beachwood Ave. saying someone was going through her daughter’s car on the street.

Kenny said she’s a light sleeper, so the sound of a car door slamming woke her easily. She got out of bed and looked out the bedroom window, which faces the street.

“I yelled, ‘What’s going on down there?'” she said. “I saw the kids run down the drive.”

Patrolman Jim Valencic responded and found a group of three teens climbing a fence near 209 Berkshire Road, Molnar said. The officer said one person ran toward Inwood Boulevard while the other two split off. Valencic arrested one of the teens near Berkshire and Elmwood. Patrolman Les Carrender found and arrested a second teenager by Moorewood Avenue and Walker Road.

Kenny said nothing was missing from her daughter’s car.

“There were several cars located on Beachwood that appeared to have been entered and, we’re looking to follow up with those owners to see what types of items are missing and determine what charges these juveniles are going to face,” Molnar said.

The department is not sure of the charges at this time, as the investigation is not complete. Molnar noted the teens were out past curfew, which is 1 a.m. for 17-year-olds.

The police are looking for additional suspects believed to have been with these two and attempt to gain their cooperation, he said. He wasn’t sure how many are involved with this incident at this time.

Residents appear to be more of suspicious conditions and are calling the department to investigate, as in this instance, Molnar said. With residents noticing what is going on and immediately calling police, he said they are able to have a chance at catching those breaking into cars.

“It seems like we have to continue to encourage people to call in and let us check out what they’re seeing as suspicious,” he said.

Though the police recommend locking car doors at night, Kenny said she was glad her daughter left the car unlocked; otherwise she wouldn’t have heard the teens slam the door.

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Contact Bryan Wroten at bwroten@2presspapers.com.

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