Posted photo leads to car thief's arrest

Suspect admits to stealing car at Schild's IGA.
Cary Ashby
Sep 20, 2013


Authorities said the printed and online publication of a suspected car thief's photo led to his arrest.

The Reflector published a photo of Humberto J. Zendejas, 32, of 347 E. Ohio 61, on the front page of Thursday's issue, asking assistance from the public in helping identify the suspect. The man's photo appeared earlier online at

"When it went on the website, we got calls telling us who that was," Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said.

Detective Sgt. Jim Fulton and Sgt. Seth Fry went to Zendejas' Ohio 61 home about 4:35 p.m. Thursday -- the same day his photo was published in the newspaper. Light said the investigators "saw him cutting his grass."

"It surprisingly looked like the guy in the photo," the chief added.

Zendejas was arrested on a Norwalk Municipal Court warrant and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle. The fourth-degree felony, punishable by six to 18 months behind bars, is in connection with an incident involving a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero stolen Monday from a gas pump at Schild's IGA on Milan Avenue.

"They took him into custody and he confessed to stealing it," Light said.

Police recovered the undamaged Alero at Miller Landscape & Gardens on Sand Road east of Norwalk on Tuesday.

"The detectives did lift fingerprints off the vehicle," Capt. Eric Hipp said earlier.

The owner reported her car was stolen about 4:10 p.m. Monday. The Cline Street woman left her car at the gas pump.

"She went into the cafe side (of Schild's) and apparently left her keys in the ignition," Hipp said. "She came back out and her car was gone."

Police released surveillance footage to the Reflector with the hope of identifying the suspect, who had been in the grocery store.

Zendejas, in the video, first walks through the automatic doors of the store. He then goes into the parking lot, around the passenger side of the car to the front before opening the driver's side door and drives away. Zendejas was wearing a light blue button-down shirt and khaki pants at the time.

In the video, the suspect drove in front of a red car before leaving the scene.

When Zendejas was apprehended Thursday, he also was arrested on two probation violation warrants. Police and jail records indicate the original convictions were misdemeanor counts of theft and receiving stolen property.

"I'd like to thank the Norwalk Reflector," Light said. "Technology is a wonderful thing."

Zendejas remains in Huron County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing. His next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday.



Surprisingly the picture looked the guy whos picture it really was....surprisingly!

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swiss cheese kat

Scumbag just like his daddy.



deport him back to willard or celeryville


On a more serious note @2sense Mexicans live everywhere, not just willard or celeryville.


Re: "She went into the cafe side (of Schild's) and apparently left her keys in the ignition,"

THAT'LL do it.

NEVER leave the keys ANYWHERE in your vehicle when pumping gas.

Yall Make Me Sick

2sense- Maybe you need "deported" for being racist.


Yeah, I often call sweet pickles little cucumbers with a sweet taste. Screw your PC crap.


Usually the racist is the first to holler racist !Is he Mexican or not? You are what you are. If he were Black they would say Black. The only difference in this country is we spend Billions looking for bombers in 85 year old ladies diapers. In Israel they check people

that look like bombers !Then because of Stupid Liberals we let Muslim Women go through with their rags on.


Let's talk about racists.The Black race is promoting for there people,diversifying neighborhoods,as well Asian,Muslim etc.not one word of racism uttered by any news media or politicians.Say one word about white promotion or about the other races and you are a racists.Well I think it stinks and you for bringing it up.Are you a Mexican?I am a Mic/Kraut and damn proud of it !


This has sparked many debates about leaving your keys or purse in your car while pumping gas :)


Re: "leaving your keys or purse in your car"

No "debate" as far as I'm concerned.

Talk to gas station people – they’ll tell ya the same thing.

I once spoke with a guy at a U-Haul dealership who told me that some man had left the key in the rented truck, had it stolen from a gas pump, hadn't taken the insurance and became liable for about $30K.


Norwalk residents really need to learn how to lock stuff up.


Once upon a time you could leave your keys in the car when paid for your gas, ONCE UPON A TIME....princesses lived in castles and dragons soared in the skies and knights in shining armor rode white horses too. Today there are people who are desperate and will steal from ANYONE. These are different times.


Woman are dumb! You see it in the police reports EVERY day! Still purse stolen from unlocked car! Cell phone stolen from unlocked car. GPS stolen from unlocked car.
Purse stolen from unlocked car.
Purse stolen from unlocked car.




That route 61 address sounds familiar .. does that have anything to do with the Casa Fiesta crook?