Two stores in the Tanger Outlets were burglarized over the weekend, with more than $13,000 in goods and cash stolen between Zumiez and the Coach Factory Store.
An employee of Zumiez, who had left the store at 10 p.m. on Friday, contacted Summit County Sheriff's Dispatch on Saturday to report that there were signs of forced entry at the back of the building as well as numerous stolen goggles, watches and cash. An estimated total of $11,000 in goods and cash was found to have been taken, according to Summit County Sheriff's Capt. Justin Martinez.
The employee also found a single pry bar mark on the back door that matched the width of a pry bar left behind at the scene by the suspects. Fingerprints left behind on glass could potentially belong to the suspects, Martinez said, but added there are no significant leads and the case is still under investigation.
Martinez said the suspects stole many pairs of expensive goggles (which ranged in price from $129 to $399 a pair) and watches ($149 to $999).
Earlier on Friday, the Coach Factory Store reported that at 3:15 p.m. an African-American female entered the store, grabbed eight Coach purses and ran out of the store. She entered a vehicle that had been waiting in the fire lane, which immediately sped off.
The value of the eight purses taken was $2,500, Martinez said. A Coach employee tried to follow the suspect out of the store and obtain a license plate, but the vehicle did not have one. The suspect was in a gold, early '90s four-door Lincoln and the case is still under investigation.
Thwarted vehicle burglary
With a combination of great policing, investigation and a homeowner's surveillance system, the Summit County Sheriff's Office was able to stop four suspected vehicle burglars last Thursday.
The incident started at about 1:45 a.m. on Thursday, when a Jeremy Ranch resident reported that he woke up to sounds of people in his driveway.
After calling 911, deputies responded and set up containment in the Jeremy Ranch area. The resident stated that he had video surveillance of his home, and using the footage deputies were able to get a vehicle description and pull a high-quality still image of the suspects and the vehicle.
Those images were then sent to deputies in the area, one of whom observed a vehicle running a stop sign, Martinez said. The vehicle, containing four males from ages 18 to 23, was pulled over for the traffic violation. One of the males was wearing the backpack he had been seen stealing in the surveillance video.
A further search of the vehicle yielded items stolen from other individuals, Martinez said, and deputies were able to return all of the stolen items to the original victim.
The males that were booked into the Summit County Jail on multiple charges of vehicle burglary (a Class A misdemeanor) and theft (a third-degree felony) were: David Gonzalez, 23, Frankye Aguilar, 21, Anthony Guitierez, 18, and Joaquin Verduzco-Castro, 19.
Martinez urges any resident who believes they are the victim of a vehicle burglary to call the Summit County Sheriff's Office at 435-615-3600.