A pair of brothers and their friend were arrested after Uniontown police followed the trail of stolen goods to their home.
LAKE TWP. Uniontown police investigating a series of break-ins at sheds and detached garages simply followed the trail of the stolen goods to the home of two brothers.
A short time later, the officers arrested the two and their friend, each on felony charges of breaking and entering.
Uniontown Police Chief Harold Britt said his officers found multiple stolen goods, some of which belong to victims who have not yet been identified.
Officers are working with Stark County Sheriff's deputies, who are investigating recent car break-ins in the area/. They are asking anyone whose shed, garage or car has been broken into to call, Britt said.
The brothers, age 18 and 20 who live in the 11000 block of Market Avenue N, and a 19-year-old Canyon Street NW man were arrested at their homes on Wednesday, Stark County Jail records said.
Each was jailed on three counts of breaking and entering. The brothers were additionally jailed on two counts each of receiving stolen property.
Britt said the brothers were convicted of theft last fall after breaking into the Lake High School concession stand. They were still on probation when police arrested them Wednesday. Stark County court records show an additional charge of breaking and entering for each young man was reduced to aggravated trespass, and both were convicted.
Recently a woman called police to report her shed door was open, but she didn't think anything was missing, the chief said. A few days later, the door was open again.
Officers believe the young men had been rolling a trash can on wheels to break in, load the can with items and then roll it into a wooded area where they left it only to return a couple days later to retrieve the items. Britt said the officers also followed the trail to the young men's home.
The officers found thousands of dollars worth of nacho cheese, candy and other food and several cases of Gatorade and pop marked "Lake Band Boosters," Britt said, adding that they also seized cornhole boards, bicycles, vintage sports memorabilia, bicycles and other stolen items. He said they had been eating the food and selling the stolen goods to friends.
The brothers remained in the jail early Thursday, each held in lieu of $52,000 bond pending Canton Municipal Court hearings. Their friend has been since released after posting a $25,000 bond, jail records said.
Britt asked that break-in victims may contact police by calling 330-699-6444 or come to the police department at 1635 Edison St. NW.
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