WILLOUGHBY, OH (WOIO) - An arrest warrant was issued this afternoon for a Garfield Heights man accused of a crime spree in Willoughby.
Willoughby Police say that Javonte S. Watson, 20, is wanted on five counts of breaking and entering, one count of grand theft auto, and one count of misuse of credit cards.
The break-ins happened between 6:40 a.m. and 9 a.m. on July 31. Seven residents on Pinnacle Court and Arcadia Circle reported vehicle break-ins. Victims said that money, loose change, credit cards, driver's licenses, two laptops, emergency gear and an emergency radio were stolen from vehicles. Also reported stolen was a green Chevy pickup truck.
Shortly after the break-ins, one of the stolen credit cards was used at a gas station in Mentor. The surveillance video showed the suspect and another male exit the truck and use the stolen cards to buy something. Police, who are familiar with Watson, were able to identify him right away.
Later in the afternoon, around 1:15 p.m., an officer was driving through the Queensdale Apartments on Mentor Avenue when he saw the stolen pickup parked in an open garage. The other suspect from the surveillance video was seated in the front seat. The 17-year-old suspect began to fight with the officer shortly after questioning began. He told the officer several times to shoot him during the struggle. In the end, the teen was taken into custody and no one was hurt.
As officers searched the stolen truck, they found several of the stolen items. The teen was taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center on several felony charges.
Police are still searching for Watson. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Willoughby Police at (440) 953-4212.