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Westerville: Resident, dog assist police in vehicle break-in arrests

Westerville police arrested three men at 3:15 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 after they were caught breaking into cars in the Annehurst Village neighborhood, west of Cleveland Avenue near Main Street.

A resident called police to report seeing three men entering her neighbors' vehicles in the 700 block of Granby Place West, police said. She told police she looked out her window to see the men, after being awakened by her barking dog.

Police quickly located the three men driving through the area.

Upon searching their vehicle, police found purses, wallets and other items reportedly stolen from cars in the Annehurst area.

Westerville police quickly identified three at least three victims.

The men also were tied to a rash of Aug. 28 thefts from vehicles in Columbus, during which a car fitting the description of their vehicle narrowly escaped Columbus police, Westerville police reports said.

Richard L. Schoonover, 40, of South Princeton Avenue in Columbus was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug possession.

Kevin S. Stidham, 35, of Dana Avenue in Columbus was charged with receiving stolen property, possession of criminal tools and drug possession.

Robert A. Fletcher, 25, of Maureen Boulevard was charged with receiving stolen property and possession of criminal tools.

In other recent incident reports from the Westerville Division of Police:

* A woman reported that two GPS units and an iPod were stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was parked on the street between 8 p.m. Sept. 1 and 1:45 p.m. Sept. 2 in the 200 block of North Vine Street.

* A man's wallet, containing credit cards and identification, was stolen from his unlocked vehicle between 10:30 p.m. Sept. 2 and 7 a.m. Sept. 3 while it was parked in the 600 block of College Crest Road.