Police: Eastlake Man Pretended to Be Buyer, Stole From Open Houses

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A man accused of posing as a home buyer at open houses, only to allegedly steal from the home owners, was arraigned on burglary charges on Wednesday.

Officials with the Wickliffe Police Department say Richard Gould, 31, of Eastlake, was arrested by Eastlake Police on a warrant out of Wickliffe on Tuesday.

He was arraigned on two counts of burglary Wednesday morning in Willoughby Municipal Court.

According to Lt. Pat Hengst with Wickliffe Police, Gould attended two open houses on Nov. 13 on Bryn Mawr Road and Warden Road and stole jewelry.

Lt. Hengst says Gould allegedly stole several thousand dollar’s worth of jewelry from the two locations. Lt. Hengst adds that Gould was a suspect in similar crimes in Seven Hills and Lakewood.

According to Lt. Mike Salloum with the Seven Hills Police Department, a warrant in Gould’s name was issued out of that city for theft. Lt. Salloum says that Gould is suspected to have taken jewelry from one home in a similar theft scheme.

Gould remains housed in the Lake County Jail, said Lt. Hengst, on a $25,000 bond.

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