Girard man admits breaking into cars in Struthers

By JEANNE STARMACK

starmack@vindy.com

STRUTHERS

A man accused in several car break-ins appeared for arraignment in Struthers Municipal Court.

Ryan Joseph Hatcher, 24, of Crumlin Avenue, Girard, is charged with receiving stolen property and criminal damaging. He posted $600, or 10 percent of $6,000 in bonds, a court spokesman said Friday.

Hatcher admitted to police he broke into several cars, according to a police report.

Reports indicated cars were burglarized about 4 a.m. Wednesday on Harvey, Hopewell and Geneva streets.

Items taken included GPS devices and change. When police caught Hatcher, they said, he had two stun guns still in boxes, money and a cellphone.

Police said a Vindicator carrier and her husband saw Hatcher walking from the backyard of a house on their route. They became suspicious and followed him.

The carrier called police, who stopped Hatcher at Henry and Hopewell.

Struthers Police Officer Jeff Lewis said he credits the carrier with helping police catch Hatcher, though, he said, he doesn’t normally recommend following a suspect.

“[Hatcher] admitted he was breaking into cars from Saturday night, too,” Lewis said. He said last Saturday’s thefts were on Helena and Omar streets.

Hatcher was staying at a house on Renee Drive in Struthers, Lewis said. Officers got consent to search it, and they recovered all the stolen property.

“Everybody should be getting their stuff back,” Lewis said.

Hatcher’s next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Struthers court.

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