Grove City Record

Jewelry theft suspect charged in burglary

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A Grove City man indicted for a jewelry store burglary in Powell has now been charged with breaking into a house in Grove City.

Officers responded at 10:39 a.m. June 25 to a burglary in progress at a Grove City residence in the 3500 block of Orders Road. The caller told police she saw a man knock on the front door, go behind the house, try entering a code on the keyless garage door opener panel and then try to open a front window.

When police arrived, they saw the suspect, later identified as Neil F. Mohler II, 33, of Willow Wind Drive, exiting the house through the back sliding door with something in his hands. Officers ordered him to the ground. The item in his possession was a jewelry box containing miscellaneous jewelry, police reports said. Officers also found a screwdriver in his back pocket and pry marks on the front and back doors, reports said.

The homeowner was contacted by police, and she told them over the phone she did not know not Mohler or give him permission to enter her residence.

Mohler was arrested and charged with burglary, a second-degree felony. He faces two to eight years in prison if convicted. He was arraigned June 26 in Franklin County Municipal Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 3.

Mohler previously was indicted April 9 in Delaware County for his suspected role in the Jan. 13 burglary of Kimberly's Diamond Corner, 1 N. Liberty St. in Powell.

In that break-in, an estimated $10,000 worth of gold necklaces was stolen. For that, he Mohler faces a fifth-degree felony charge of breaking and entering and a fourth-degree felony charge of theft.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service, arrested Mohler April 11 in Grove City. He is scheduled to go to trial for the Powell burglary Sept. 11.

ThisWeek reporter Thomas Gallick contributed to this story.

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