Laptop’s GPS device aids police

By ERIC SCHAADT
Staff Writer
A GPS device inside a stolen laptop led police to four city men who have been charged with burglarizing a Findlay residence earlier this week, according to the Findlay Police Department.
City police responded to a report of a burglary at 1000 Crystal Meadows Court at 3:47 a.m. Monday. Residents there reported hearing rustling in the downstairs of the tri-level house.
The residents saw two men run from the home and leave in a Chrysler Voyager minivan, according to a city police report.
Several rooms had been ransacked, and missing were two 50-inch TVs, jewelry, and several pairs of tennis shoes.
Also reported stolen was an Apple laptop computer that contained a GPS locator, police reported.
The GPS equipment indicated that the computer had been turned on at a West Sandusky Street location, police said.
During the investigation, police saw a minivan — believed to have been driven from the crime scene — driving on Putnam Street, then stopping at the Imperial Marathon gas station, 1215 W. Main Cross St.
According to police, two men were taken into custody at the service station at 5:30 a.m. Monday, and two other suspects were then arrested in an apartment at 1312 W. Sandusky St.
Police allege the stolen items were found at the West Sandusky Street apartment, where the suspects had reportedly argued about how they should be divided. Several boxes of shoes were found in the back seat of the minivan, police said.
The four suspects, all Findlay residents, were still being held Wednesday at the Hancock County jail.
Cayd William Burton, 19, and Zachary Harl Montgomery, 19, both were charged with aggravated burglary, a first-degree felony.
Held on second-degree felony burglary counts were Nicholas Andrew Rarey, 21, and Adrian Lee Castillo, 21.
The charges against Burton and Montgomery were filed as first-degree felonies, according to police, because they both allegedly possessed pistols when they entered the occupied Crystal Meadows Court home.
Castillo and Rarey reportedly were arrested at the Marathon station, according to authorities.
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