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Norwalk man supected in five burglaries charged

Emil Whitis • Aug 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Think pocket change theft is small potatoes? Tell that to an alleged Norwalk heroin addict who siphoned about $2,100 from another man’s bloated change jar in August.  

Joshua Lykins, 30, turned himself in on Monday and, after a long talk with Norwalk police, was charged with felony burglary.

Durning that talk Lykins confessed to a string of five burglaries, including three from the same house that involved some heavy coin.

He told police he broke into a house in the 100 block of Whittlesey Ave. three times through the same bathroom window, a Norwalk police report said. The first time he lugged $800 away, the second time he took $1,000 and the third he pilfered $600.

Up until that point police only knew of two change burglaries at the address. Homeowner David Harshberger, 55, filed the first complaint Aug. 7.

Lykins told police he turned the change into bills at a Lorain Walmart.  

He then admitted to another two burglaries at a trailer park on Townsend Avenue, according to a report.

“Lykins described the property he took from both house trailers and admitted trading it for heroin,” a report said. “He said he spent the change from (the Whittlesey Avenue home) on heroin, too.”

Norwalk police Sgt. Jim Fulton said he knew of Lykins from previous incidents.

“He was at the end of his rope,” Fulton said. “I think he was just done with it and ready to get help.”

Lykins was being held at the Huron County Jail on $20,000 bond late Wednesday.

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