Local high school student ID'd as burglar

Suspect reportedly spoke with other students at school about each of the burglaries, deputies say.
Scott Seitz
May 14, 2013

A Wakeman teenager is likely facing charges for his role in a pair of recent burglaries.The 17-year-old boy is a student at Western Reserve High School.

Huron County Sheriff’s Detective Bill Duncan said the burglaries took place on April 30 at Riverview Mobile Home Park in Wakeman and on May 8 at an Ohio 60 location north of the village.

“There were similar items stolen in both burglaries,” Duncan said.

Duncan said the student reportedly spoke about each of the burglaries at the high school to other students.

“We went to the high school (Monday) and interviewed several students,” Duncan said. “We eventually obtained enough information to establish probable cause and obtain a search warrant.”

Duncan said he and Wakeman Police Chief Tim Hunker interviewed the 17-year-old male at a Wakeman residence and also searched the residence for evidence from the Ohio 60 burglary.

“Some evidence was recovered and the 17-year-old also admitted to participating in both burglaries,” Duncan said.

“He cooperated to the extent that he handed over stolen property from the April 30 burglary and also led to the recovery of property from the May 8 burglary,” he added. “The boy was taken into custody and transported to the Seneca County detention center.”

Duncan said he forwarded the report to the prosecutor’s office and recommended two charges of burglary and one charge of tampering with evidence.

“Those are all third-degree felonies,” he added.

“We have no evidence that indicates these burglaries are drug-related,” Duncan said.

“The suspect was very remorseful.”

Duncan said the investigation is ongoing.

“It’s likely others will be charged,” he said.

Duncan said Hunker was a key component of this investigation.

“He was an important part of this,” he said. “Chief Hunker has a good handle on who’s who and the things that go on over there. He was definitely a big help.”