AKRON, OH (WOIO) - Akron Police have just gotten a break in case that brings with it a sigh of relief for residents who had begun to feel unsafe in their homes.
For the past week, the Firestone community has been concerned about a series of break-ins.
Two of the homes are right next door to each other. Another a couple doors down and a fourth just two blocks away. Most of it is happening during broad day light and all of it happening in a way that rips away any sense of security these residents once had.
Victims of the break-ins say that they have been fearful in their own homes and have had to pick up the pieces after perpetrators not only violated their property but also left behind a a trail of destruction.
"Every drawer in my bedroom was open and clothes were everywhere. They pulled all the clothes out my closet."
The burglars dumped flour all over the kitchen and living room before getting away with a laptop and kindle.
Flour footprints were the last bit of evidence the thieves left on their way out the house.
The crooks have smashed out windows and ripped several homes apart.
Nothing was off limits.
"My husband had a ring and it's gone. Some of my grandkids pictures were thrown on the floor and walked on. So all that stuff is scary," says Linda Akers.
But on Saturday, September 20, around 4 p.m., Akron Police would get the tip they needed to catch the young criminals as they tried to strike again.
One Firestone resident placed a call to police after she witnessed four teens to break into her Coventry Street home. The 89-year-old used her cane to tap on her window and the suspects ran away.
Luckily, officers had already heightened security in the area and caught the four teens, ages 14 and 15, before they could run off.
All of the teens involved were charged with felony burglary because the homeowner was home at the time.
One of the teens admitted to being involved in the other home invasions and he supplied law enforcement with the identities of another set of teens involved in those incidents. He was charged with four counts of burglary.