by Kristin Casale
Stow -- Police are investigating multiple burglaries reported in homes throughout the city May 10.
In the northern part of the city, police said four homeowners within approximately 1 mile of each other reported break-ins. Stow Police Lt. Rick Myers said, "We believe the burglaries are related, and we have a possible suspect."
He said a black male with short hair weighing 310 to 340 pounds was seen in the northern center of the city driving a Taurus or a Tempo with a 30-day registration tag on the vehicle on the day the burglaries were reported.
"If anyone has any information, we would appreciate them calling the police department [at 330-689-5700] and asking for the detective bureau," said Myers.
A Ritchie Road man told police someone forced open the front door to his home sometime during the day and stole two chain saws, a pellet gun, a wrench socket set and a drill.
The total value of the items was $460, according to the report.
A second Ritchie Road man near the first told police a similar circumstance occurred in his home during the day, when someone stole $40 in cash, an unvalued wooden jewelry box and $100 worth of jewelry.
Police reported another burglary was reported in a Cox Drive woman's home, located near Ritchie Road.
The woman told police someone entered her home through the back door and stole a jewelry box, a gold ring, a sapphire pendant and a pretzel container filled with coins.
The total value of the items was not reported.
Police reported an additional burglary on a neighboring street after someone entered an Arndale Road woman's home through the front door between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Police reported the woman's bedroom was "ransacked," and a video camera, an iPod, a digital camera, $450 in cash and a jewelry box filled with unspecified jewelry was stolen.
The total value of the items was $7,405, according to the report.
A burglary and an attempted burglary also occurred in the southeastern quadrant of the city, according to police.
The homes are several miles from the four in the northern part of the city.
A Lake Run Boulevard woman told officers someone entered her home through the front door between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and stole her credit cards, an unvalued polar bear tin, a $575 diamond watch, a $1,500 gold necklace, an unvalued gold ring and a $400 digital camera.
According to another report, a Vira Road woman told police she believes someone tried to enter her home through the front door between May 9 at 8 p.m. and May 10 at 9:45 p.m.
Police reported that it appeared someone tried to break the door to enter the home, but nothing was taken.
Myers described the Vira Road home as "down the road" from Lake Run Boulevard, stating he is unsure whether those incidents are related to the burglaries in the northern part of the city.
"We are certainly considering the possibility," he said.