Burglary Ring Busted; 2 Suspects Still at Large

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Police broke up a burglary ring that they said is connected to as many as 100 break-ins in four northeast Ohio counties.

Streetsboro police said three people are under arrest and as of Wednesday evening, they were looking for two others.

Investigators said they can tie the five people to at least 28 burglaries and believe there are dozens more burglaries they have not yet learned about.

"I noticed the front kitchen door was open and I knew I didn't leave it open, so I knew somebody had been there," said burglary victim Kirk Stemple.

On Nov. 13, Stemple discovered that someone had broken into his Streetsboro home.

Coins, jewelry and other sentimental items were stolen.

"One was a class ring from when I graduated from high school, the other was a ring that I had gotten for service overseas in Kuwait, you can't replace that," Stemple said.

"They were taking mainly things that they could carry out easily, which would be jewelry, cash, small electronics, coin," said Streetsboro police Lt. Darin Powers.

Streetsboro police said with help from departments in four counties, investigators broke up a burglary ring that's been operating since at least last summer.

According to investigators, the burglars hit Streetsboro, Aurora, Twinsburg, Bainbridge, Hudson, Stow and Moreland Hills.

Under arrest are John Hudak, 34, of Streetsboro, Albert Yoho, Jr., 38, of Twinsburg and Janice Posey, 56, also of Twinsburg.

Police have issued arrest warrants for Sandra Arciszewski, 44, of Streetsboro and David Rutter, 41, of Streetsboro.

"They would go up and knock on the door, if nobody answered the door, then they would just kick in a door if that's what they had to do," said Lt. Powers.

Investigators said a tip led them to the Tinkers Lodge, room #2, where three of the suspects were living.

They said they found lots of stolen items, but believe it was just a small percentage of what they had stolen over the months.

Most of it had already been exchanged for cash at local pawn shops.

"I seen policemen surrounding our building and they knocked in the door and I guess the guy ran out the building," said neighbor Robin Taylor.

Police said the group picked houses mainly in rural areas.

"It's not easy to see up here and you have to be specifically looking for somebody and I'm not here during the day, generally speaking.  You live in your home, you think that's your safe refuge and it isn't as safe as it was," said Stemple.

Nine law enforcement agencies were involved in the investigation.