Two firearm theft suspects charged

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:00 PM


An accused burglary getaway driver must post a $30,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

Jacob Fritz, 18, of Attica, is charged with complicity to burglary and receiving stolen property in connection with stealing some "long guns" Monday, Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said. Sheriff's deputies booked him into the jail at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

His co-defendant, a 17-year-old Attica boy, entered denials to multiple charges Thursday in Huron County Juvenile Court. He faces a further hearing Dec. 5 on three counts of theft of a firearm. The boy also faces one charge each of burglary and theft of a firearm receiver.

The boy was placed on house arrest in the custody of his parents. "He is required to be under 24-hour adult supervision," Court Administrator Chris Mushett said.

Judge Timothy Cardwell prohibited the defendant from having any contact with Fritz, two other male suspects who haven't been charged and another man who was given one of the firearms.

Detective Sgt. Dane Howard said a home in the 3700 block of Paul Road, Willard, was broken into twice within an hour Monday. During the first incident, he explained, the suspects are accused of stealing a jar of change and a new cell phone, found with a receipt from a Willard business.

The suspects reportedly returned the cell phone to the store and got money for it.

"They went back and stole the weapons and dispensed them to different folks," Howard continued. "A source came forward (about the thefts) before the victim reported it."

Sgt. Mike Martz recovered three of the guns near a dilapidated shed behind Fritz's home on Weis Road. Howard and Capt. Bob McLaughlin recovered a fourth firearm at a Bullhead Road, Willard, home.

Howard said the suspects are accused of giving the Bullhead Road resident the gun Tuesday, but the recipient isn't being considered a suspect.

"We believe we have recovered all the weapons at this time," the detective said.

During the investigation, Howard said he arrested the Attica boy who confessed to his role and provided information leading to Fritz's arrest in Shelby.

"He originally was a runaway," Capt. Jamey Bracken said about the juvenile.

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