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Updated 4:19 p.m.
Four people, including three Portage County residents, have been arrested and charged with their alleged involvement in a string of break-ins, burglaries and thefts in Atwater and Randolph on Monday.
Portage County sheriff’s deputies and the Portage County Drug Task Force arrested Trenton D. Marks, 18, Allison L.M. Lowe, 18, William L. Hitt, 65, all with last known addresses in Randolph; and Ashley E. Steiner, 24, with a last known address in Akron, according to Sheriff David Doak.
Marks is charged with felony burglary and drug possession. Lowe is charged with felony receiving stolen property. Hitt faces charges of felony drug possession and illegal use of food stamps, as well as a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge. Steiner is charged with having weapons under felony disability, bringing drugs into a detention facility, receiving stolen property and driving on a suspended license.
Deputies and detectives investigated numerous reports of break-ins and thefts that apparently took place early Monday morning in Southern Portage County, Doak said. Victims reported thefts of personal vehicles, thefts from vehicles, thefts of firearms and break-ins to garages and outbuildings. Two vehicles, an ATV and all the firearms were later recovered by police, according to Doak.
Marks and Lowe were identified as “person(s) of interest,” located and taken into custody, he said. Hitt and Steiner also were allegedly found to be involved and arrested.
The investigation is ongoing, Doak said. Read Wednesday’s Record-Courier for more on this story.
The Portage County Sheriffs Office currently is investigating numerous reports of break-ins and thefts that occurred during the early morning hours in Atwater and Randolph on Monday.
The reported crimes included thefts of vehicles, thefts from vehicles and illegal entries to garages and outbuildings, according to Portage County Sheriff David Doak. The stolen vehicles included two cars and an ATV, which have since been recovered.
Doak urges residents to keep garage doors closed and locked, vehicles locked and to not leave any valuables in plain view in vehicles. Anyone who sees suspicious activity is asked to immediately report it to the Portage County Sheriffs Office by dialing 911.
Deputies currently are following up on several leads as to the persons responsible. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Portage County Sheriffs Office at 330-296-5100 extension 0.