Man accused of breaking into empty Monroeville house

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:16 PM

A former Las Vegas resident is accused of breaking into his deceased grandmother’s Monroeville home.

Christopher J. Tyler, 21, most recently of 125 Monroe St., Monroeville, has denied taking anything during the Wednesday night incident on Hollister Street, Monroeville Police Capt. Jim Bond said. The officer is still trying to determine if anything was stolen.

The house has been empty since Tyler’s grandmother died in February.

“The house is on probate,” Bond said. “Nobody is supposed to be there. … He claims he was wanted to look at some family photos.”

Norwalk Assistant Law Director T. Douglas Clifford said the door jam was damaged, “like someone kicked in the door.” Tyler was charged with breaking and entering.

The executor of the victim’s estate told Bond he changed the locks on all the doors and had a Main Street woman check the home periodically. The officer and executor’s wife went through the house Wednesday morning to determine if anything was missing or disturbed. The Medina woman said her mother-in-law’s wallet, containing expired credit cards but no money, was missing from a purse.

Bond said he connected Tyler with the offense after getting a tip from the suspect’s relatives who were concerned “something like that might happen.” The officer noted that Tyler moved back to Monroeville a couple weeks ago after living in Las Vegas.

Tyler lived in the village when he was a young boy.

“He was the first person I interviewed,” Bond said.

Tyler’s girlfriend told Sgt. Frank Gleason she received a call Tuesday night from Tyler at the victim’s home after he “went for a walk.” She reminded Tyler he wasn’t supposed to be in the house, Gleason wrote in his report.

The suspect asked his girlfriend to come to the residence twice, but she turned him down, saying: “Your dad warned you not to go into the house,” Gleason wrote.

Tyler was released from the Huron County Jail after posting a $5,000 bond Friday night.

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