Mentor man charged after driving over mailboxes, burglarizing homes

Mentor man charged after driving over mailboxes, burglarizing homes

MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - A Mentor man faced a judge on Thursday, after police say he went on a crime spree last month.

On June 9 at 2:30 a.m., officers received reports of a white pick-up truck running over mailboxes on Kathleen and Green Valley drives. A total of 11 mailboxes were damaged, but the vehicle was not located.

Approximately 45 minutes later, officers responded to an alarm at the concession stand at Morton Park, where they discovered forced entry into the structure.

About one hour later, a resident on Hollycroft reported a male had forced entry into his home, but after confronting the suspect, he fled.

While investigating this case, three condos on Hollycroft were found to have also been entered during the night.

At 6 a.m., an officer on patrol noticed a white pick-up truck with fresh front-end damage. The officer stopped the vehicle and arrested 23-year-old Cody Simpson for traffic violations. Simpson was questioned and admitted to damaging the mailboxes.

During the past week, further investigation was completed on the burglaries and breaking-and-entering at Morton Park. Evidence was recovered from Simpson's vehicle connecting him to all five break-ins.

Simpson was arraigned on Thursday in Mentor Municipal Court on the following charges:

- 4 counts of burglary (felony 1)

- 1 count of breaking and entering

- 11 counts of criminal damaging

- 1 count of driving under suspension

His bond was set at $450,000.

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