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By Dave O’Brien | Staff Writer
Streetsboro police say a father-son duo is responsible for breaking into a business on S.R. 14 in the city in November 2011 and stealing a safe full of more than $10,000 in valuables.
Michael Farkas, 38, of 1060 Somerset Lane, Aurora, was indicted in April on two counts of grand theft and one count each of safecracking, all fourth-degree felonies, and one count each of breaking and entering and vandalism, both fifth-degree felonies.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges at his arraignment Oct. 29 in Portage County Common Pleas Court, and was released on bond pending a trial in Judge Laurie Pittman’s courtroom on Feb. 15, according to court records.
Streetsboro police allege that on Nov. 22, 2011, Michael Farkas and his father, Peter P. Farkas, 62, of Streetsboro, broke into Executive Gold Buyers at 9291 S.R.14. Stolen was a safe containing cash, a .38-caliber handgun and miscellaneous 10-, 14- and 18-karat gold jewelry.
Video surveillance footage showed two suspects in a silver sedan parked behind the business at 3:14 a.m. the morning of the break-in. They removed an air conditioning unit from the back wall of the building to get inside, broke open an office door and within seven minutes had rolled the safe, which was on casters, out of the building.
An employee discovered the break-in. Later, while helping Aurora police with another case involving Peter Farkas, Streetsboro detectives “noticed his resemblance to the suspects on the surveillance video from Executive Gold Buyers,” Streetsboro police Lt. Darin Powers said, and took their evidence to a Portage County grand jury, which handed up an indictment against Peter and Michael Farkas.
Michael Farkas also was indicted June 20 on two counts of receiving stolen property, one fifth-degree felony and one first-degree misdemeanor, for allegedly possessing, on March 19, more than $1,800 worth of jewelry and jewelry boxes reported stolen by an Aurora couple. That case was investigated by Aurora police.
Peter Farkas is serving 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to one count each of grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, in June. Pittman also ordered Peter Farkas to pay $9,100 restitution to his victims, according to her sentencing order.
His release date is December 2013, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections website.
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