Bizarre teen arrest could be key to solving string of burglaries in local communities

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WESTLAKE, Ohio-- Investigators in several Cleveland west side suburbs now think that two teenagers caught last week, one hiding in a doghouse, might be responsible for a string of burglaries in multiple communities.

The 16 and 17-year-old were arrested after Westlake police say they attempted to break into a house on Park Place Friday morning. A neighbor reported it.

The suspects ran off and left behind a Honda CRX which is now confirmed as having been reported stolen out of Cleveland.

Westlake police recovered this 9mm handgun on July 10. (Photo courtesy: Westlake police)

Westlake police recovered this 9mm handgun on July 10. (Photo courtesy: Westlake police)

The teens were located several streets away, with one of them hiding in a doghouse holding an armed handgun.

While the teenagers were transported to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of burglary and receiving stolen property, police in the different suburbs continued comparing notes.

Monday, investigators from several west side cities including Bay Village and Rocky River confirmed that the two teenagers are suspects in multiple burglaries in their areas as well as Avon Lake. They say the brazen burglaries were committed in broad daylight and that the suspects targeted homes that looked empty, as if everyone was out for the day.

Two homes were ransacked on the same day, Wednesday, July 8, in Bay Village; the thieves got away with televisions, electronics, jewelry and cash.

Investigators can’t say yet how many houses the teenagers may have burglarized but evidence has been sent to the Ohio State Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) for analysis so that they can be positively linked or cleared to each case, which right now stands anywhere from 8 to a dozen or more.