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Man accused in string of thefts near Elyria hospital runs into detectives waiting to 'keep an eye on things'

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    Steven F. Cicone

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ELYRIA – An Elyria man has been arrested and charged in relation to thefts from cars outside of the University Hospital Elyria Medical Center.

Police Capt. Chris Costantino said Steven F. Cicone, 47, of East Avenue, was charged with misuse of a credit card and two counts of theft, both felonies, after a string of thefts in and around the parking garage outside of the hospital.

Costantino said the first incident occurred June 2 where a hospital employee reported her wallet had been stolen out of her purse, which was in her car inside the parking garage, and Cicone attempted to use the card the next day.

“One June 3, at around 5:30 a.m. Mr. Cicone went into the Walgreens on Cleveland Street and tried to use a credit card to buy $300 worth of gift cards,” he said. “And when that card was rejected, he attempted to use a second one with a female’s name on it. When he wasn’t able to produce identification to use the card, he threw it down on the ground and left the store.”

Costantino said the most recent theft occurred June 9 in front of the hospital near the emergency room and hospital surveillance video identified the suspect as a thin male wearing a bandana and riding a moped.

Costantino said detectives were at the hospital reviewing the footage on June 11 when they decided to wait in the parking garage to “keep an eye on things” and, while they were there, the suspect returned.

“He was taken into custody and admitted to being involved in those two incidents but we think it could be as many as four or five more,” he said. “And with that there could be other charges.”

Cicone was being held at the Lorain County Jail on a $7,500 bond. He’s expected to appear in Elyria Municipal Court on Wednesday.

Contact Katie Nix at (440) 329-7129 or knix@chroniclet.com. Find her on Facebook and Twitter at @KatieHNix.
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