NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) - After extensive investigation into the recent rash of night-time burglaries the North Ridgeville Detective Bureau developed a suspect and vehicle description.
On October 4 at approximately 1 a.m., an alert officer on patrol spotted the suspect vehicle, a blue 2002 Ford Windstar minivan parked on Hardwood Drive, a residential development off of Island Rd.
The minivan was occupied by a 33-year-old female from North Ridgeville who told officers that her car had broken down.
About 10 minutes later, and while the officer was still out with this female, police received a 9-1-1 call reporting a burglary in progress on Hardwood Drive.
Investigation of the burglary in progress revealed the suspect cut the screen to a first floor front window and made entry. The homeowner's mother who was sleeping in the basement was awaken from footsteps above and slowly made her way upstairs realizing that someone was in their home. The mother woke her son up who then called the police. The suspect fled.
The victim reported that the suspect rummaged through a purse, the kitchen and office area, fleeing on foot with items stolen from within the residence.
Officers, who were already in the area due to the earlier traffic stop, set up a perimeter and an extensive search utilizing our K-9, along with the assistance of the Avon Police Department and the Highway Patrol. The suspect was not located and the search was called off around 4a.m.
The detective bureau was called in and with the information they previously developed along with the new information obtained were able to identify the suspect as 28-year-old Nicholas Pelfrey from Elyria.
At approximately 6:30 a.m., Pelfrey was arrested by North Ridgeville Police at his residence on South Carolina in the City of Elyria. Cash and other evidence linking Pelfrey to the recent burglaries were recovered at his residence.
Pelfrey is believed to be responsible for approximately 18 night-time burglaries occurring in our city since August 16. He is also suspected of committing night-time burglaries in the city of Elyria, Avon and surrounding townships within the Lorain County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction.
Pelfrey has been charged with one count of Theft and one count of Burglary. He is currently being held at the North Ridgeville City Jail awaiting his initial court appearance at Elyria Municipal Court on Tuesday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m.
Pelfrey is currently on probation and has prior arrests for similar incidents.