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Two attacks, two vehicle thefts

Courtney Astolfi • Jul 15, 2014 at 10:30 AM


A man was beaten unconscious Sunday on Camp Street, and Sandusky police believe the incident is tied to two vehicle thefts and a group of teens attempting to rob a second man that same day.

A warrant has been issued for a 16-year-old Carr Street boy in connection with one of the vehicle thefts, with possible additional charges to come, Sandusky police Det. Dana Newell said.

Investigators are working to identify other possible suspects, but no arrests have been made as of late Monday evening.

The first incident occurred Sunday at about 1 a.m., according to a Sandusky police report.

A man was walking on Tiffin Avenue around that time when three suspects emerged from the shadows and asked him for a cigarette.

They then struck the back of the man's head, demanded money and one of them flashed a gun that was tucked into his waistband, the report said.

The group tossed the man's wallet once they realized he had no cash, then fled the area.

About two hours later, a man was beaten unconscious outside of 7-Eleven, the report said.

When officers arrived, they spotted three men running from the area. Witnesses later said five men had originally been involved in the assault.

A 16-year-old Center Street boy was charged with underage consumption and a curfew violation at the scene, but he has not been charged in connection with the beating.

Around 9 a.m., a Carr Street man found that his Ford Ranger had been stolen overnight. Police noted that a second stolen vehicle was recovered just a couple houses away, the report said.

And on Sunday afternoon, police tended to a hit-and-run crash at Monroe and Shelby streets. Officers found that a stolen vehicle had caused that accident, and a driver had abandoned that car just few blocks away after the crash, the report said.

Investigators plan to continue reviewing surveillance footage today in an attempt to track down possible suspects.

“Right now, we believe that they are all connected,” Newell said. 

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