Tip leads to arrest of teens accused of vehicle break-ins

Cary Ashby • Jun 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

A tip from a village employee about two people sleeping in a park led to the arrests of two vehicle theft suspects.

Milan Street Superintendent Brian Rospert reported two people were sleeping in the playground equipment at the Pilgrim Circle park. He reported the incident at 10:35 a.m. Tuesday.

Milan Police Chief Jim Rose responded and found Norwalk residents Dustin L. Arnett, 18, of 29 Jefferson St., and Katelynn M. Poe, 18, of 132 Newton St. The chief said the two teenagers "were in possession of six bottles of Seagrams wine coolers." It's unknown if they were intoxicated.

Police said they linked the two suspects to the theft of several items from vehicles in the village. The victims live within two to three blocks of each other.

"It was only four vehicles. We had identified (Arnett and Poe) before the complaint at the park came up," Rose said.

About 11 a.m. Monday, a South Main Street man told police someone entered his unlocked truck during the weekend. At the time, nothing was believed to be missing, but police started an investigation.

"Only one person reported (anything). We had to look for the victims," Rose said.

When responding to the park complaint, police seized the wine coolers, a backpack and about 20 compact discs. The victims have identified the items as belonging to them.

"The Seagrams and the backpack were stolen the previous night," Rose said.

Arnett and Poe each were charged with two counts of theft and one charge of vehicle trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Poe was issued a summons to appear in Milan Mayor's Court. Arnett was transported to the Huron County Jail on a Huron County Juvenile Court contempt of court warrant.

"The case is still under investigation and another suspect is being sought," Rose said.

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