ELYRIA — An Amherst man has been charged with breaking into an Elyria convenience store in January and stealing a large amount of cigarettes.
Tyler Young, 24, is charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, for the Jan. 24 theft of cigarettes from the Corner Store at 616 Prospect St., according to Elyria police.
Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said Young was being held in Lorain County Jail on other charges when fingerprint evidence tied him to the crime.
“One of the patrol officers who responded also is a crime scene investigator, a CSI guy, and he was able to lift some prints that were key to arresting Tyler Young,” he said. “That officer did an excellent job.”
Detectives interviewed Young but he “wasn’t overly cooperative,” Costantino said.
Elyria police say Young threw a large paving stone through the window at the Corner Store the day of the break-in, climbed inside and filled a bag with packs and cartons of cigarettes. The total amount of merchandise stolen was not known, Costantino said.
Additional charges related to the break-in are possible once Young’s case is reviewed by a Lorain County grand jury, he said.
Young is being held on $4,500 bond, covering the felony charge along with another theft charge filed by Elyria police and some theft and contempt of court charges filed by Avon police and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, according to jail records.
Young’s criminal record includes multiple felony drug trafficking and possession charges, along with misdemeanor assault, domestic violence, aggravated menacing, criminal trespass, criminal damaging and other minor criminal charges, according to jail records.