A Powell woman was arrested and charged with a series of burglaries that took place in the Liberty Township and Powell areas, the Delaware County Sheriff announced Monday.
Alexis M. Riegel was arrested on Saturday and was charged with burglary, theft, attempted burglary and criminal trespassing.
All of the burglaries occurred in the daytime from April 26 through May 17, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
"Items stolen include laptop computers, video game systems, other electronics, jewelry and cash," said Sheriff Walter Davis.
According to Davis, Riegel, 19, was responsible for at least five home break-ins in southern Delaware County.
"This arrest is the result of dedicated detective work," Davis said. "Our office followed up on a number of leads and did not stop until we could connect a suspect to this troubling string of crimes."
Davis credited neighbors who were willing to watch out for each other, who asked questions and
called his office when they saw something suspicious.
Lee Solomonides said she never thought she was inviting a burglar into her home, Landers reported.
"We had left our window cracked our front window for our dog," Solomonides said.
That window is how deputies said Riegel got into the family's home.
"All kind of electronics, iPods that we had, Coach purses, from our bedroom a 42-inch flat screen TV," Solomonides said.
News of Riegel's arrest came as no shock to her neighbor.
"Not after seeing what she did to this house it does not surprise me one bit," said neighbor Michelle Crego.
Crego said about three weeks ago, she watched Riegel take a metal pole and slam it against her mother's home, Landers reported.
"She took the pole to our basketball set, walked to the front of her mom's house, and busted out the side panels of windows along side her door and left," Crego said.
Deputies said they believe Riegel may be linked to more burglaries.
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