A woman told police that her barking dog alerted her to thieves breaking into her vehicle.
The woman said she looked out her Granby Place West window after hearing her canine companion.
Police reports indicate officers responded to a call from the victim and found three men matching the description of the suspects.
They had jewelry, cell phones and tools in their vehicle, all believed to be stolen.
One woman from the area said that her belongings were also recovered.
Among the items in the suspect’s vehicle, investigators found Mary Evans’ wallet.
“I had a couple debit cards and my ID and his social security card, all of that. It could have just been a whole big mess,” she said.
Police recovered the property and arrested the men who were identified as Richard Schoonover, Kevin Stidham and Robert Fletcher. They're facing theft and receiving stolen property charges.
Fortunately, for some of the victims, a neighbor's call to 911 meant she got her stuff back.
“I'm so thankful she called. Some people won't call, they would say, ‘Oh maybe it's nothing maybe I'm overreacting,’” said Evans.
Westerville police say the men are also suspects in another rash of vehicle break-ins in Columbus.
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