Kirt Bott, 18, and Carlton Cherry, 20, were each charged with felonious theft and receiving stolen property, as well asmultiple counts of vehicle trespassing, Lippert said.
A resident called police Tuesday around 5:30 a.m. when she saw two suspicious men in dark clothes carrying backpacks in the 300 block of Berlin Road.
The men sprinted off when they saw police cruisers in the area, but officers gave chase and caught up to them near Commerce Plaza, Lippert said.
Inside their bags were several items officers believed stolen. A search of their shared Berlin Road apartment yielded numerous items reported stolen from cars in recent weeks, as well as some items not yet reported missing, Lippert said.
The men allegedly stole multiple GPS devices, loose change, even a duffle bag with a Huron High School student’s soccer equipment, Lippert said.
“They would take pretty much anything that wasn’t nailed down inside unlocked vehicles,” Lippert said.
One of the men was somewhat cooperative during questioning, while the other was tight-lipped, Lippert said.
Lippert said more than $2,000 in stolen property was located either in their bags or in their residence.
The police chief praised the resident who tipped off officers to the suspicious men. “We rely on citizens to help keep our town safe,” Lippert said.
Both men are being held in the Erie County jail on $27,500 bond.