Earlier this week the Clintonville Police Department arrested two of three suspects they believe to be responsible for the many break-ins of vehicles in the city.
The first suspect, 18-year-old Damien E. Jones was charged with two misdemeanor counts of theft, felony possession of narcotics, concealing stolen property, and misdemeanor bail jumping.
The second suspect is Alex J. Skoken, a 17-year-old from Clintonville, who was charged with misdemeanor theft.
Both subjects were released on $1,000 signature bonds. Authorities are still investigating the thefts, as they still search to find the third suspect.
Clintonville Police were called to the residence of Lorelee Mosser, when she noticed someone with a flashlight in the field of a neighbor. Three suspects then went into an unlit area, but Mosser said they could still be heard.
As Mosser was still on the phone with dispatch, one suspect ran off in one direction, while the other two stopped at the corner of the road on Maize Street when police arrived. Jones and Skoken were taken into custody.
Authorities believe Jones and Skoken were involved with most of the recent thefts that the city has been experiencing. With the two in custody, police went to one of their homes and discovered many items reported stolen, including bows and arrows, empty alcohol bottles, a boombox, loose change, navigational equipment and other assorted items.
For Clintonville Police, the next step with the items will be to return them to their rightful owners, which could take time. They’re urging anyone to contact the police department if they have had items gone missing.
The investigation is ongoing.