Police arrest suspects in sledgehammer burglaries
Westerville police last week arrested two people they believe are tied in part to a string of 14 burglaries in the city over the last month.
Joseph A. Ennemoser Jr. and Kelly A. Cline were followed by Westerville police Sept. 6 from the Annehurst neighborhood, near Cleveland Avenue and Main Street, to Grove City, where police watched the couple break into a home and steal.
The couple stopped their truck in a restaurant parking lot and were taken into custody by Westerville and Grove City police.
According to Westerville police, the couple's vehicle fit the description of the dark blue or black truck that had been seen in the area of several recent burglaries.
Since early August, there have been 14 burglaries in Westerville, many of which fit a similar pattern: Doors were smashed in with a sledgehammer while the home's occupants were out, and thieves made away with flat-screen televisions, computers, jewelry and sometimes guns.
"They would knock on the door, go around and look in windows" to see if a home was occupied, said Westerville Police Lt. Paul Scowden. "They were in and out very quickly. It would take up to two minutes, sometimes as little as 40 seconds."
Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said the rash of burglaries had caused concern within the police department.
"We monitor this stuff very closely, and when we see a blip in the statistics, we focus on that," Morbitzer said.
Scowden said police are not yet sure how many of the burglaries can be linked to Ennemoser and Cline. At this point, they only are being held on charges related to the Grove City burglary.
"We believe we have the people responsible for the bulk of what we've seen," Scowden said.
Westerville police also will be working to see if the pair can be tied to any other central Ohio burglaries, Scowden said, as it's unlikely that they only would have struck within Westerville city limits.
Genoa Township police already have contacted Westerville police with a report of a burglary that follows a pattern similar to those in Westerville, Scowden said.
Ennemoser, 38, has a last known address on Township Road 191 in Marengo. Cline, now 30, has a last known address on Foxtrail Circle in Westerville,
Both recently were staying at the Westerville Value Inn, 32 Heatherdown Drive, where some of the items reported stolen were found, Scowden said.
Both Ennemoser and Cline are being held in the Franklin County jail.