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Youngstown duo charged in burglary spree that targeted Lakewood, Solon, Brecksville, other cities

October 3, 2018

Youngstown duo charged in burglary spree that targeted Lakewood, Solon, Brecksville, other cities

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Youngstown duo who prosecutors say communicated by walkie-talkie as they carried out a daytime burglary spree across four counties this summer has been indicted on racketeering and other charges.

Robert Duarte and Stephen Blazo, both 54 years old, were charged in a 36-count indictment that accuses them of burgling 15 homes in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Medina and Summit counties between May 24 and July 5.

They are each scheduled for an Oct. 17 arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. 

The pair broke into houses in cities including Brecksville, Solon, Lakewood, Independence and Copley in the middle of the day when residents were typically at work and stole jewelry, according to a news release from Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley’s office.

The pair usually entered through the back of the homes, bypassed valuable electronics left in the living room like laptops, TVs, computer tablets and gaming systems, and went to the master bedroom to rummage for jewelry, according to the indictment. 

They used two-way radios to talk to each other while they were inside the homes and sold the pilfered jewelry for cash, the indictment says.

Duarte was sentenced to six years in prison last month after he was convicted of four counts of burglary related to incidents in Portage County, according to court records.

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