Two men arrested in connection to string of Elyria car break-ins

October 9, 2018

Two men arrested in connection to string of Elyria car break-ins

ELYRIA, Ohio -- Elyria police arrested two men Tuesday in connection to several car break-ins that happened throughout the city over the past month, according to Elyria police.

Elyria police officers responded about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of Preston Avenue after they received a call about two men attempting to enter a vehicle, Lieutenant James Welsh said. 

Officers arrested Luis D. Alvarez Rivera, 22, and Larry Girard, 20, both of Lorain. 

Rivera faces two first-degree misdemeanor counts of possessing criminal tools and a fourth-degree misdemeanor of criminal trespass, according to Elyria Municipal Court records. 

Girard is charged with one first-degree misdemeanor count of possessing criminal tools and a fourth-degree misdemeanor of criminal trespass, court records show. 

Rivera had several items used in connection with the car break-ins and used his 2006 Audi A4 sedan during the commission of a crime, police say.

During his interview with detectives, Rivera admitted to attempting to break into at least half a dozen vehicles in the Preston Avenue neighborhood near Elyria Catholic High School, according to Elyria police.

Elyria police received multiple complaints of car break-ins over the past month, Welsh said. The department has increased patrols in residential neighborhoods to deter such criminal activity and asks citizens to lock their vehicles and remove valuables from unattended cars. 

Both co-defendants pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning before Judge Robert C. White, who set Rivera’s bond at $2,250 and Girard’s bond at $1,250, court records show. Their pre-trial hearing is set for Oct. 30. 

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