By Joe Gorman
Police arrested three people in two burglaries late Sunday and early Monday.
About 1:19 a.m. Monday, police were called to a 107 W. Philadelphia Ave. home on the South Side for a report of someone breaking in. Reports said the homeowner there recently had died.
Police found a door had been kicked in and got permission to go inside. They followed noises they heard upstairs and arrested 33-year-old Leroy Scott, who was found hiding underneath a pile of clothes in a closet.
Police found a room that had been latched from the inside and managed to get in. They found a duffel bag on a bed that had tools that can be used to break into homes as well as two cold cans of beer, reports state.
Officers also found a hidden staircase that led to an attic, where they found Michael Walker, 47, hiding in a corner. Walker and Scott were arrested on burglary charges and taken to the Mahoning County jail.
About 8:37 p.m. Sunday, police were called to Arlington and North avenues on the North Side for a report of a man who had broken into a home in the 500 block of Covington Street and run away; officers spotted a man matching the burglar’s description.
The man, later identified as Jamaral Caesar, 31, had a cut on his hands consistent with being cut by glass, but he told officers he was cut by a dog bite. When police questioned him further, he said, “I didn’t think anyone lived there. I was just trying to find a place to sleep.”
A woman in the Covington Street home said she heard a crash and went to her kitchen to see what was going on and she saw Caesar trying to break through her window, reports said.
The woman screamed, and Caesar ran away until he was caught by police reports said.
Caesar told police he was not on his medication and he was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center for a mental-health evaluation before being released to police and taken to jail.