Three arrested in Ohio 99 break-in

Deputy arrives as theft was in progress and holds trio at gunpoint.
Scott Seitz
May 11, 2013

Three suspects were arrested at gunpoint recently by local law enforcement after they reportedly attempted to steal copper piping from a vacant home on Ohio 99.

The incident took place in the 5000 block of Ohio 99 just before 1 p.m. Tuesday.

“Three males entered an abandoned home and we were alerted because no one is supposed to be in that home,” Huron County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Ted Patrick said.

“Deputy Rich Larson arrived when the theft was in progress and he held the three individuals at gunpoint,” Patrick said.

Monroeville Police Sgt. Frank Gleason and a second deputy arrived and assisted in arresting the three suspects.

“There were two adults and one juvenile,” Patrick said.

Arrested and charged with breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, were Monroeville residents Brian T. Hamer, 18, of 78 Sandusky St., and Victor G. Schaffer, 18, of Ohio 99.

Both Schaffer and Hamer were transported to the Huron County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

“Schaffer is still here, but Hamer bonded out,” Patrick said Friday afternoon.

“The 16-year-old juvenile boy, who is a Marshall Street resident in Norwalk, was released to his parents,” Patrick said.

Deputies forwarded the report about the juvenile’s involvement to the county prosecutor’s office for the consideration of charges.

“They (reportedly) were taking the copper to scrap and sell for money,” Patrick said.

Was the theft drug-related?

“This is still under investigation,” Patrick said. “That is unknown.”

Comments

TOPGUN01

I AM SO GLAD TO SEE THESE KIND OF CROOKS BUSTED!!THEY CAUSE 2000 IN DAMAGE FOR 20.00 IN COPPER!IT CAUSES OVER 20 MILL IN DAMAGE JUST IN OHIO!I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE BUY A HOUSE AND GET A HOUSE WITHOUT WATER LINES BY TIME THEY CLOSE!THEY EVEN TAKE WIRE!OUT OF THE WALLS!!!

queenjhb

probably drug related, get a job and stop taking other peoples property, be part of the solution to Americas problems, not one of the problems, join the service. Show your proud to be an american citizen

kal-el

queenjhb I'm thinking that being a felon disqualifies one from serving.

queenjhb

Oh yeah, I forgot. Thanks. What excuses will his family have for this poor baby?

swiss family

could a reflect photographer go and take pictures of the damage that they caused??? to read it in the article it sounds so neat and tidy, "stealing copper piping from a vacant home".. I am pretty sure they made a heck of a mess...

Señor Clown

I'm sure it wasn't neat and tidy - I went through the same with a rural vacation property, and by the time we found out it had been broken in to, the only things left intact was the structure, exterior walls, and roof. They tore the kitchen cabinets off the walls to get to the pipes and wires behind them, and ripped half of the bath tub up to get the stubs of pipe from behind it. Estimates to return the property to its previous condition ranged from $40,000+ and up, and the estimated scrap value of the copper removed was about $350.

The only 'branch' I see fitting for people of that type is of a big, sturdy tree; high, but not so high that you can't toss a rope over it.

yea right

Ha ha the blonde kid is a loser like his older brother.

oneandonly

Okay everyone that thinks they know everything in this town the one kid lives there. SO how is that breaking in? That is what his State ID card say. This has nothing to do with DRUGS and the blonde hair boy is still in high school only a Jr. And the ARMY or any branch would not take him do to medical problems and he does have a job so before you run your mouth get your facts.

arnmcrmn

Before you tell people to not run their mouth, how about a grammar check. Dear Lord.

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@oneandonly,
Stealing copper to scrap for money so you illiterate dummies can buy LESS THAN 100% PURE heroin is 100% PURE stupidity.

Simple Enough II

I know have a splitting headache after trying to read and comprehend this post!

queenjhb

What advice do you suggest we give him? Poor baby its o.k. to destroy property, so sorry you cant join the service, here , you can take stuff from others ,we understand its not your fault, advice is to help him grow up and be better, jolt him into becoming a good man ,not a big loser.

swiss family

so you are saying that he actually lives there, and he thought it was a good idea to strip the copper from the wiring and the pipes at his own house?????? I guess he is dumber that I had originally thought...and I think it is probably for that very reason that the military won't take him..

Betherella

Being stupid isn't a medical problem. And breaking and entering isn't a job.

happyfeet64

Well said!

oneandonly

If you read the one comment they said to join a branch know branch that I know will take anyone with medical problems and he does a job you don't know him like I do.

Rod Farva

Hooked on phonics worked for me :/

WASP71

Ya- I understood e-bonics better....

kal-el

The "one kid" lives in an abandoned home? Ummm...

kal-el

"join a branch know branch that I know will take anyone with medical problems"

Or a felon. You forgot that part.

Princess71

What does medical problems have to do with anything? But since you went there, he felt good enough to break in someone's house and steal from that homeowner.

Yall Make Me Sick

It was an abandoned home that NOBODY was suppose to be in.... So if it was his house guess it wouldn't be abandoned.

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WASP71

1) Go back to school.
2) You expect all of us to believe this statement?
3)We didn't make it "worst" for the family. All of them being low life thieves did that.
4) You need to get better friends. These "good people" are like all the other "good people" that happen to be going back and moving some copper pipes in a vacant house- just a bunch of lying, cheating, low life pieces of crap. You ALL need to get a life that doesn't involve ripping off actual good people. I'm sure if your good friends with both of them, your one also and just happened to not go this trip. Maybe next time you can help them "move some pipes around". Oh- I really doubt the judge will believe that, so you may want to work on the alibi a little more. And yes it was his fault. Tell him to put his big-boy panties on and man up. He did it, now pay the piper..wow.

mojorising

Isn't it you're?

WASP71

Yes it is. My typo.

mojorising

Haha just messing with you, and I agree with all of your points.

WASP71

Thing is mojo-that is one of my biggest peeves and I did it!!

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swiss cheese kat

@every one on this post blow me,
Stealing copper to scrap for money so you illiterate dummies can buy LESS THAN 100% PURE heroin is 100% PURE stupidity.

Kelly

What's an ur life? What are ppls reps? What exactly is a meee?

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