Break-ins spread to Castalia

CASTALIA The prowler or prowlers breaking into cars and garages in Huron and Milan may have struck a
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

CASTALIA

The prowler or prowlers breaking into cars and garages in Huron and Milan may have struck again, this time in Castalia.

A Castalia family reported a possible break-in on Saturday and at first glance, Erie County sheriff's Captain Paul Sigsworth said he believes it could be linked to the break-ins in Milan and Huron.

The Castalia family, 5700 block of Southwest Road, reported hearing voices inside its garage at 4:09 p.m. on Saturday.

They also heard someone opening and closing the car in their driveway.

When family members came outside, they found the car door slightly open, but nothing was reported stolen.

The family's dog was found barking toward a wooded property behind the family's house.

"It sounds like a similar deal," Sigsworth said. "Although that's the first we've heard of it in that area."

Sigsworth said another incident that fits the pattern was reported to the Milan police department last week, bringing the total reported number of similar break-ins to at least 16 within the last month.

Investigators aren't sure if all the break-ins are being committed by the same individual or individuals, but the similarities in each occurrence are hard to ignore.

All reports except the one in Castalia on Saturday happened at night.

"A lot of times you'll have attempts to steal stereos, they're just taking stuff that is not attached -- change, beer, stuff in glove compartments," Sigsworth said. "We don't know for sure, but based on the types of entries that have occurred and the locations they have occurred, they could be connected."

But police still have no suspects and are relying on the public for help to catch the perpetrator or perpetrators involved.

"Hopefully somebody sees him (or her), or they just see somebody in the neighborhood or see someone suspicious and call," Sigsworth said.