5 charged in Canfield break-ins, burglary

By Elise Franco

Canfield police recovered an M-4 machine gun from the home of a burglary suspect.

CANFIELD — Five people are charged in connection with car and home break-ins in Canfield after an investigation by the Canfield Police Department and other agencies.

Canfield and Poland Township police worked a joint investigation with Girard and Boardman Township police and the Mahoning Valley Violent Crimes Task Force.

Canfield Detective Brian McGivern said Kevin Michaels, 19; Justin Nisevich, 20; Maria Cruz, 21; and James Faunda, 19; all of Campbell; and Joseph Frampton, 20, of Mineral Ridge; are charged in connection with 14 car break-ins and one home burglary in Canfield.

Meanwhile, Poland Detective Greg Wilson said his department has been looking into leads and plans to charge individuals involved in at least five thefts from vehicles.

“I’m not saying the people Canfield is charging are the same ones we are charging,” he said.

Poland is the agency that received information and “really broke the case open,” McGivern said.

“Everyone was working their own ends, but they kind of brought it together.”

McGivern said Canfield took the lead in arresting their suspects but noted that additional charges could be filed by the three other police agencies.

“We wanted to get these guys off the streets really quickly,” he said.

They were arrested between Friday and Monday.

McGivern said the Canfield car break-ins occurred between 2 and 5 a.m. Oct. 20. He said the suspects told police all the cars had been unlocked.

“None of the cars had windows smashed out or any major damage,” he said.

McGivern said the suspects told police they gained entry to a Canfield home on Hood Drive through an unlocked window.

The detective said the cases will likely be presented to a Mahoning County grand jury after the four departments meet to discuss the cases.

Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols said the township saw about 20 burglaries within about a month, and police believe several different groups are responsible.

No one from Girard police could be reached to comment Wednesday.

Cruz, Nisevich, Faunda and Frampton were schedule for arraignment Wednesday evening at Mahoning County Area Court in Canfield.

UNisevich is charged with misdemeanor theft.

UMichaels is charged with one count of felony and one count of misdemeanor theft because police said they found stolen prescription drugs in his possession.

UCruz is charged with one count of complicity to burglary and one count of complicity to theft, both felonies.

“Maria basically dropped them all off in the neighborhoods then drove around and picked them back up when they were finished,” McGivern said.

UFrampton is charged with burglary and theft of a gun, both felonies.

UFaunda with theft of a gun and complicity to burglary, also felonies.

McGivern said Frampton and Faunda were the two involved in the house break-in. He said they also took an M-4 machine gun during one of the car break-ins.

Canfield police obtained a search warrant Nov. 9 for inside of Nisevich’s Gladstone Street home, where 19 items were recovered from thefts in Canfield, Poland and Boardman, according to a Canfield police report.

The machine gun was recovered by police at Faunda’s home on Nov. 13.

In addition to the gun, police said they found items during their search including jewelry, prescription drugs, cell phones and wallets.

Frampton has been in Mahoning County jail since Friday after he was charged by Youngstown police with nine counts of felonious assault.

The charges are related to the Nov. 9 shooting of a 15-year-old Austintown girl and the attempted shooting of several other people. His bond in that case is set at $450,000.

Michaels pleaded innocent Friday during his arraignment in Canfield court.

He posted a $1,250 bond on Tuesday and will return to court for a pretrail hearing Dec. 4.


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