Snow blower bandits: Thefts reported in local community

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH -- Snow blower bandits are on the loose in Garfield Heights.

Police believe a series of snow blower thefts in the city during the past month or so are related.

“I came out to get my lawnmower to cut the grass, and my snow blower was gone.  Instead, there was a big hole in the back of my shed ,” said Richard Budzilek, who lives on Bohning Road in Garfield Heights.

Budzilek says he doesn't know when it happened, but he knows how the suspect or suspects did it.

“They ripped the back off the garage.  They knew what they wanted, they knew what they were coming in for.  And they neatly piled up the stuff to the side that they didn’t want,” said Budzilk.

"My neighbor came over and said someone tried to break into his shed Sunday.  He caught them on his surveillance video.  So, we just happened to look around and see that our shed doors were open.  Our snow blower was gone,” said Jane Hubbard, who lives on East 126th Street.

In fact, Garfield Heights police say within the past month and a half, they’ve had over 20 garage or shed break-ins.

At least seven snow blowers have been reported stolen.

“They are cutting through a yard, probably loading them onto a truck or putting them in a vehicle from there and then leaving the area,” said Lt. Robert Byrne, of the Garfield Heights Police Department.

Police say based on the MO and the time frame, they believe the break-ins are connected.

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