ELYRIA — Police have arrested a suspect that they believe was involved in at least eight burglaries in the city.
Randy Messer Jr. was charged with breaking and entering, grand theft and vandalism on June 13.
Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said evidence was collected after a May 29 break-in at Twilight Boutique, 488 N. Abbe Road, that led to Messer’s arrest.
Through an investigation, police connected Messer to seven other burglaries — the Salvation Army on Cleveland Street on May 22 and June 9, BP on East Bridge Street on May 23 and Roll Arena on Cleveland Street on May 27 and June 9.
Costantino said Messer also stole a Coca-Cola machine from Pikewood Manor and from Mike’s Towing on May 31.
Police released a photo of the suspect who broke into Roll Arena after the May 27 break-in. According to a police report, the man was seen on a security video using a claw hammer to break into a change machine in the building.
The business was hit by another burglary two days after the article in The Chronicle-Telegram.
Messer, who has an extensive criminal history including a drug abuse and theft convictions, entered no plea to the charges in Elyria Municipal Court. The case was transferred to a Lorain County grand jury where felony charges will be considered, according to court documents.
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