On Nov. 2, a neighbor alerted Sandusky police to a man breaking into a vacant home on East Follett Street, according to a Sandusky police report.
Murphey bolted from the residence when police arrived, but an officer gave chase and soon wrestled him into custody. An epidemic of October break-ins on nearby streets seemed too coincidental to investigators, so they began probing the possibility of Murphey’s involvement in those burglaries, Sandusky Detective Ken Nixon said.
• On Oct. 8, a laptop was stolen from a home in the 200 block of Arthur Street. Officers found a back window ajar and a door unlocked.
• On Oct. 22, a laptop, iPod, and wireless speakers were stolen from a home in the 500 block of 42nd Street. The resident returned home to find a side door ajar and a window unlocked.
• On. Oct. 28, a laptop, iPad, Nintendo Wii and 3DS were stolen from a home in the 1200 block of Alpine Drive. The resident returned home and noticed items out of place. She later found Murphey had sold her Wii to a local resale shop.
Murphey denied involvement in the burglaries, but detectives identified his fingerprints on windows or doors at all threescenes, Nixon said.
On Monday and Tuesday, Nixon served Murphey his new charges while he was still incarcerated at the Erie County jail for his Nov. 2 arrest.
Nixon said Murphey is also a suspect in a second Arthur Street burglary, as well as one on Avondale Street that occurred around the same time.
Murphey remains behind bars on $43,000 bond.