2 Arrested in Rash of Vehicle Thefts

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CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — Police have arrested two suspects in a series of vehicle thefts of anything from guns and ammunition to cash and laptops over a several-month period.

According to Cuyahoga Falls police, detectives conducted a lengthy investigation into the thefts, which involved numerous victims.

The items taken included two handguns, two rifles and a large amount of ammunition, cash, jewelry, credit cards, laptop computers and GPS devices. Some of the stolen property has been recovered, said police. The two handguns are still unaccounted for.

Robert J. Ponte, 26, of Cuyahoga Falls, faces three charges of grand theft, two charges of felony theft, seven counts of misdemeanor theft and one count each of receiving stolen property and falsification.

Diane M. Mikoletic, 28, of Cuyahoga Falls, faces one misdemeanor count of misuse of credit cards, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of falsification.

Cuyahoga Falls police said Ponte is in Lorain Correctional Facility on previous charges, and will be returned to Summit County to appear on the new charges.

Mikoletic has been arraigned on her charges, said police, and has been released on bond.

Police still want to remind citizens not to leave valuable items in unsecured vehicles.

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