Four people have been arrested and charged with theft and property-related crimes after a series of cars were reported stolen or broken into over the weekend.
In the first incident, officers investigated a report of a stolen red 2006 Saturn Vue in the 700 block of South DePeyster Street at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, according to Lt. Bob Treharn. That vehicle was recovered approximately a mile away in the 1200 block of North Mantua Street near Theodore Roosevelt High School.
Police arrested Devin E. Reynolds, 18, of 745 Akron Blvd., Kent, and charged him with theft of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony. Following arraignment, Reynolds was ordered held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $25,000 bond, pending future court dates.
In a second incident, officers investigated a report that Robert M. Myers, 18, with a last known address of 5741 Horning Road, Franklin Township, was connected with vehicle thefts in the Kent area, according to Treharn. One was a two-door 2009 Honda Civic stolen from the area of Dansel and Doramor streets on Jan. 9. A second, a 2002 Dodge Caravan, was reported stolen from the 100 block of West Williams Street on Feb. 1. A third vehicle, a silver 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser, was reported stolen Sunday in the 1100 block of Morris Road.
Myers was found sleeping in one of the stolen vehicles on Sunday in a parking lot in the 900 block of Morris Road, police said. He was arrested and charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, all fourth-degree felonies, and one count of tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, for allegedly cutting the wire to the car's On-Star system to prevent police from tracking him.
Myers remains held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $75,000 bond pending future court dates, records show. Two of the missing vehicles, including the one in which Myers allegedly was sleeping, were recovered in Kent, and one approximately 60 miles away in New Castle, Pa., police said.
Also arrested and charged with fourth-degree felony receiving stolen property in connection with the alleged theft of the Honda Civic on Jan. 9 was Thomas P. Morrin, 18, of 426 Harris St., Kent. Officers also had a warrant for Morrin's arrest for misdemeanor receiving stolen property, after he allegedly possessed a stolen 120-gigabyte iPod in the 400 block of East Main Street on Dec. 22, 2012, according to court records.
Morrin was also wanted by Ravenna police for the Dec. 24, 2012, theft of a silver 2005 Kia Sorrento from the Circle K convenience store at 1029 W. Main St. in Ravenna. He remains jailed on 10 percent of $15,000 bond pending future court dates.
In a third incident, police arrested Shawn M. Greene, 20, with a last known address of 416 E. Summit St., Kent, and charged him for lighting a car on fire and breaking into vehicles in the 600 block of South Lincoln Street on Sunday. Officers investigating suspicious activity in the area found a gray 2012 Fiat HB on fire and others that had been broken into.
Greene was stopped when he tried to leave the area in a black 2003 Hyundai. He allegedly refused to comply with officers' verbal commands and resisted being taken to jail. Officers determined he was driving drunk and on a suspended license, according to Kent police. He also was allegedly found in possession of items reported stolen from the vehicles -- including an automobile speaker box and a GPS unit -- and was determined to be responsible for setting the car on fire, police said.
Greene is charged with one count of arson, a fourth-degree felony; two counts of receiving stolen property, one count each operating a vehicle under the influence and driving under suspension, all first-degree misdemeanors; and obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor. He refused sobriety tests, according to Kent police.
He is being held in the Portage County jail in lieu of 10 percent of $50,000 bond, according to court records.
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