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.”