The Ottawa Police Department arrested three juvenile-age suspects Thursday night in connection with a series of home burglaries, according to a police department news release.
During the past week, Ottawa police investigated a series of burglaries and thefts, the release said.
“Ten days ago, the department put out information about recent thefts from unlocked vehicles, so far those crimes have slowed,” Adam Weingartner, assistance police chief, said. “This week however, suspects have broken into two locked homes and stolen property during the daytime.”
In one case, neighbors saw two subjects walking around a house in the 1400 block of South Maple Street, but did not notify police, Weingartner said.
“We suspect these two individuals are responsible for breaking into the house and stealing a safe that contained a .38 caliber, Smith and Wesson revolver,” he said. “Detectives found the empty safe in Kanza Park, in the same spot where another safe was recovered earlier this year that had been stolen and contained guns. We believe these crimes are connected. Our purpose is to recover stolen guns before being used to commit other crimes.”
The second burglary occurred Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of East 13th Street. An elderly resident was unaware of the break-in until a home health attendant arrived to discover the crime, Weingartner said. An Apple Mac Book and cash were stolen, the release said.
The Apple product’s security feature showed the computer’s location in the 1400 block of South Willow Street, but the computer was not found.
“We are asking residents in that area to check their property for any discarded evidence,” Weingartner said. “This is three guns stolen in two weeks that are on our streets. We need to recover these guns now.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Ottawa Police Department (785) 242-2561 or Franklin County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-311-TIPS (8477).