A woman who provided Bellevue police with information about some possible "home break-ins" was arrested soon after she reportedly admitted to her involvement in earlier burglaries.
Detective Eric Burt recently received a call from Sandusky County Sheriff's Detective Sean O'Connell that Fremont resident Sharmae L. Myers, 27, had information about who committed several business break-ins in Bellevue.
Since early December, Burt has been investigating a string of break-ins and vandalism incidents, which included incidents at Bierkeller Pub, Great Lakes Packing, the VFW, Gildemeister and Dendinger's car wash.
The two detectives interviewed Myers at the Bellevue police station. Burt said Myers told them Marissa Raquena, 20, of 800 W. Main St., Lot 9, Bellevue, and Raquena's boyfriend wanted her assistance in doing "some home break-ins."
The detectives then set up Myers with an audio recording and had her meet Raquena.
"At that point she was working with us," Burt said.
On Dec. 17, Myers met Raquena, whose boyfriend wasn't there.
"We followed them in unmarked cars," Burt said, referring to a Park Avenue residence.
The female suspects went to the back of a residence in the Yorkshire area of Bellevue, Burt said. The area is off County Road 308 north of West Main Street. Burt said he and O'Connell approached from a wooded area on the other side of the intended victim's house.
"We caught them in the process of popping a screen out of a window," Burt said.
Raquena was charged with attempted burglary and possession of criminal tools.
While Myers was being interviewed at the station, she admitted to committing a burglary Dec. 14 on County Road 308, Burt said. The victim's residence is in the same area where she and Raquena had just been spotted by the detectives.
Myers was charged with burglary and theft from the elderly in connection with the Dec. 14 incident.
Using information from Myers about who helped commit a Nov. 26 break-in at Bierkeller, police used a search warrant Dec. 18 on Kilbourne Street. Burt said the male suspect fled before officers arrived.
The suspects used a crowbar to pry open the double doors at Bierkeller, an eatery at 600 Southwest St., Bellevue. Police said the masked pair took about $2,000 from a safe and stole a switch box about 2:45 a.m.
The suspects wore masks that covered their faces.
Detective Tom Saleski has said the man wearing the dark mask took it off inside the eatery, presumably because he got hot while attempting to open the safe. According to surveillance footage, that suspect had a small beard or goat-tee while the person who remained masked wore glasses.
Saleski suspects the same people who committed the Bierkeller break-in did a similar crime next door at Bellevue Meats about an hour earlier. The suspects left a weighted bar used when wrapping meat at the second business.