Portage County sheriff's detectives have arrested and charged an Alliance man with two break-ins that occurred Halloween night in Ravenna Township.
The suspect, Zachary D. Cornelius, is charged with one count each of burglary, a second-degree felony, and breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony, for a residential burglary in the 6800 block of Red Brush Road and a break-in at Portage Cyclery, 2645 S.R. 59, both in Ravenna Township, and both on Oct. 31. He is being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $25,000 bond, according to court records.
A second man, Stephen M. Georges, 19, with a last known address of 846 S. Diamond St., Ravenna, was arrested Friday, Nov. 23, and charged with burglary, a second-degree felony, in connection with the Red Brush Road incident, according to court records.
Sheriff's detectives said that in the Red Brush Road incident, Cornelius, Georges and another suspect allegedly entered the residence and stole a bag of checks, a pair of shoes and a leaf blower from the garage. In the Portage Cyclery case, computers, cash, checks, a video game system and a bike were stolen, according to a criminal complaint filed in Portage County Municipal Court.
Cornelius allegedly committed the crimes while out on bond in another theft-related case in Portage County Common Pleas Court. He was indicted in September by a grand jury on one count of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, for allegedly using a credit card stolen from a Ravenna man to purchase fuel at a North Chestnut Street gas station on June 19. A trial in that case is set for Jan. 22 in Judge John Enlow's courtroom, according to court records.
Georges also faces a fifth-degree felony theft charge for allegedly stealing $2,000 in jewelry from a Ravenna Township couple on March 30. A trial in that case is scheduled in Judge Laurie Pittman's courtroom on March 19, according to court records.
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