A call to Lake Township police early Monday morning of suspicious vehicles along Lemoyne Road led to the arrest of five men and a juvenile who have been charged with breaking into homes, garages, recreational vehicles, and passenger vehicles as well as auto theft and other offenses.
Police Chief Mark Hummer said officers apprehended the six when they were running from a Lemoyne Road residence.
Five vehicles that had been reported stolen have been recovered, including three from the township area, the chief said.
All those arrested are from Toledo.
•Nicholas J. Mikolajczyk, 18, criminal trespass, obstructing official business, criminal damage, breaking and entering, criminal tools.
•Rodney T. Kohler, 29, receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, receiving stolen property (auto), and tampering with evidence.
•Jesse J. Maedel, 34, criminal trespass, obstructing official business, criminal damage, receiving stolen property (auto), and complicity to breaking and entering.
•Adrian Williams, Jr., 19, criminal trespass, obstructing official business, criminal damage, and complicity to breaking and entering.
•Jomaa Tyreece Williams, 18, criminal trespass, obstructing official business, criminal damage, and complicity to breaking and entering.
A 15-year-old male was charged with theft, criminal trespass, tampering with evidence, and criminal damage.
Between Aug. 16 and 20 reports of the offenses were filed by 20 residents – about half of whom live in or near the Village of Millbury.
A resident of Hille Drive in the village reported Aug. 17 his Chevy Trailblazer was stolen from his driveway. It was later recovered in Toledo.
On Aug. 16, a resident of Harriet Street in Millbury reported someone broke into his home and took a 60-inch flat screen TV, personal documents, and a safe.
A 32-inch TV was reported stolen Aug. 17 from a recreational vehicle parked at a Cherry Street residence. Tools and knives were also reported stolen.
A Jeep Liberty was reported stolen Aug. 17 from another Hille Drive residence and later recovered in the village. The owner told police a GPS unit and cash had been taken from the vehicle.
A recreational vehicle at another Hille residence was entered Aug. 17 and a flashlight was taken.
Also on Aug. 17, two vehicles parked at a Hille residence were entered and a GPS unit, gym bag, CDs, and Verizon phone were reported stolen.
A GPS unit in a vehicle parked at an Elizabeth Drive residence on Aug. 19 was also reported stolen.
On Aug. 19, a 27-inch TV was reported stolen from a camper parked at a Hanley Road residence along with tools from a truck and a 32-inch TV was reported stolen from a camper parked at an Elizabeth Drive residence.
Passenger cars and a motor home parked at three residences on Pemberville Road were also entered and cash, DVDs, a phone charger, and a radio were reported stolen on Aug. 17.
Vehicles parked at two Hakes Road residences were entered Aug. 17 and phone chargers, a GPS unit, radar unit, coins, and other items were reported stolen.
Some of the charges of breaking and entering, criminal damage, and criminal trespasses were the result of offenses Aug. 20 at residences on Lemoyne Road and Lakeview Drive.
Police said two autos that had been reported stolen from Monroe, Mich. and Toledo were recovered in the township. The owner from Monroe told police the interior of his vehicle was extensively damaged.
A barn on East Broadway was entered Aug. 17 and a refrigerator, scrap metal, and tractor wheel weights were reported stolen.
In a report Tuesday to the township trustees, Chief Hummer said one of the men arrested told police the ring saw the township as a target because so many vehicles and buildings were unlocked.
“This is a reminder to lock your stuff up,” the chief said.
Officers from police departments in the Village of Walbridge and Perrysburg Township assisted.
The five adult suspects were lodged in the Wood County jail.
Richard Welling, a township trustee, praised the cooperation among the three police departments.
“To me it looked like one police department,” he said. “It was very impressive.” A neighbor of his alerted police to the suspicious cars about 1:30 a.m. on Aug. 20.
Police began returning some of the recovered items to the owners, Chief Hummer said.