At about 1:20 a.m., a Fremont officer running radar near the 2500 block of West State St. stopped a car leaving the Eagles Club for a license plate violation, according to a police report.
At about the same time, an alarm went off at the club. When a key-holder arrived at the building, he wasn’t able to shut off the alarm, Fremont police Chief Tim Wiersma said. Police then discovered the phone lines had been cut, and they noticed footprints in the snow. Putting two and two together — the traffic stop at about the same time as the alarm — officers tracked down the driver of the car, Luciano Ruiz, 27, of Findlay, where he was staying.
“They were interviewing people, went to where they were staying, got some better information and made some pretty significant arrests,” Wiersma said.
At night’s end, police charged Darrin Wright, 42, of Findlay, with attempted breaking and entering, disrupting public services, identity fraud, possession of criminal tools and obstructing official business.
Ruiz was cited for illegal plates.
“There was a bit of forensics involved with the footprint,” Wiersma said. “It’s just amazing how it all came together and felony charges came out of it.”
Among the evidence police seized: a crowbar, a hacksaw, metal snippers, boots, gloves and cell phones.