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Alert neighbors help get break-in suspects in Elyria


ELYRIA — When residents in Elyria saw their neighbor’s house being broken into, they snapped into action, chasing the suspects down the street until police could arrest them.

Timothy Strawderman, 18, of Elyria, was charged with burglary, theft and a warrant for failure to appear in court about 3 p.m. Saturday at 994 N. Abbe Road. Jeffery Perkins, 18, and a 16-year-old boy were both charged with burglary at the same time. Brittany Reznik, 19, was charged with burglary later in the day near the 600 block of East River Street.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino credits the arrests with close communication between citizens and police right after the burglary.

Around 3 p.m. Thursday, residents on the 100 block of Tulane Court saw Strawderman, Perkins, Reznik and the 16-year-old boy robbing their neighbor’s house, according to Costantino. Neighbors called police as they chased the group down the street to a Dunkin’ Donuts on 994 N. Abbe Road where they were met with police officers, Costantino said.

Reznik escaped during the chase, but police found her a few hours later at the house on East River Street, Costantino said.

When police searched Strawderman, they found stolen items including money and a Nintendo DS that he had taken from the house on Tulane Court, according to police.

“This was a good effort between neighbors and the police department,” Costantino said.

Strawderman, Perkins and Reznik were brought to Lorain County Jail where they were being held on Friday. Strawderman is being held on a $20,000 bond, Perkins on a $50,000 bond and Reznik on a $15,000 bond. All three have a court date set for 9 a.m. April 18 in Elyria Municipal Court.

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