UPDATE: Heroin Addicts Charged in Home Burglaries

The following information was provided by the Westlake Police Department. It does not indicate a conviction.

Updated 9:11 a.m.

Two Avon Lake residents and two accomplices were charged after a home break-in on Glenbrook Court.

Chelsea Alurovic and Stephen Zywotek, both 25 and from Avon Lake, are facing drug and burglary charges in connection with the Nov. 12 incident. They are in the Cuyahoga County jail along with Matthew Graff, 24, of Cleveland, who is being charged with complicity to burglary charges.

Another accomplice, Doran Sutphin, 33, of Cleveland, was arrested Monday afternoon. He is being charged with burglary and is also at the Cuyahoga County jail.

The home was broken into through the side door in the garage. The resident discovered that jewelry and prescription drugs had been taken. Westlake Police found out that an unfamiliar red Jeep was seen in the driveway around noon that day.

Later that day, people on Brahms Drive saw a red Jeep cruising the neighborhood. One of the people in the Jeep got out, and went up to at least two homes and either knocked on the door or looked in the windows. They left when residents either answered the door or looked out the window.

Avon Lake police gave the Westlake cops information on similar cases in that city, which led to Alurovic and Zywotek.

The pair, described by Westlake Police as heroin addicts, also confessed to previously unreported burglaries on Mendelssohn Drive and Settlers Reserve Way, saying both times they'd entered unlocked homes.

They were neat and did not ransack the homes, which accounted for part of the reason why residents did not discover the thefts, said Westlake Police Captain Guy Turner. There may be other unreported cases out there, Turner added.

Turner also said that police in Bay Village and Avon are looking into the suspects.

Alena Phelps November 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Home invasions and burglaries are on the rise mostly due to the weak economy and high unemployment. People must take action to lower the chances of being victimized. Three of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your property is to reinforce your doors and windows, plus have a personal protection device. About 85% of burglars come through a door, so first you should reinforce your entry doors with a door security device such as the Door Security Pro - http://www.DoorSecurityPro.com. Second, about 15% of burglars come through a window and so you should install security window film and good window locks. And finally, you need to get some type of personal protection device in case you are ever confronted by an intruder. Pepper spray is a good choice because it's easy to use and it's highly effective.
Vasalia Peach November 20, 2012 at 06:45 PM
stay in avon Lake please
Evan November 20, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Amen to that Valerie - the police need to stay in Avon Lake to erradicate individuals and their families exhibiting and/or supporting this type of behavior


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