Police arrest suspect following rash of downtown burglaries

Cleveland Police have arrested a male they believe is responsible for a rash of downtown burglaries.

Michael McGrath, Chief of the Cleveland Division of Police, announced Friday the arrest of 49-year John P. Bechum of Cleveland.

From Wednesday, June 15, 2011, thru Thursday, June 23, 2011, John P. Bechum is believed to be responsible for multiple burglaries in the Downtown area. A male fitting Bechum's physical description was observed on surveillance video in at least two burglaries, where the suspect would gain entry into the buildings by breaking in through a window or glass door.

Third District officers arrested John P. Bechum on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 9:45 P.M, at E. 24th & St. Clair. Bechum was apprehended after officers observed him in the area of E. 24th & St. Clair and identified him from photos and video footage as a suspect in several Downtown burglaries. Upon checking Bechum officers notice that he had fresh cuts and scrapes on his forearms and legs. While on scene with him Cleveland Division of Police radio made a broadcast for a place entered at 1564 E.23rd Street, where a window had been broken out to gain entry into the building.

The Cleveland Division of Police Third District Detective Bureau ask that anyone with information on any break-ins in the Downtown area to please contact The Detective Bureau at (216) 623-5318.