Two Cleveland residents, a man and a woman, have been arrested by Portage County sheriff's deputies in connection with three residential burglaries in Northern Portage County in the past week, allegedly committed to feed their heroin habits.
The male suspect also allegedly assaulted two sheriff's detectives who went to arrest him at his mother's home in Geauga County and may face additional charges, according to the sheriff's office.
Portage County Sheriff David Doak said Brian C. Cieszykowski, 30, and Angie M. Wyatt, with a last known address on Wanda Avenue in Cleveland, are suspects in two daytime burglaries in the 5000 block of Winchell Road on Feb. 5 and a third on Winchell Road in Hiram Township on Thursday.
No residents were home at the time of the first two burglaries, but detectives received information on a suspicious vehicle and two suspects seen in the area at the time, Doak said.
Just before 3 p.m. on Thursday, sheriff's deputy Matthew Tramba saw a vehicle in the 4900 block of Winchell Road with Wyatt and Cieszykowski inside that matched the description of the suspect vehicle in the burglaries and performed a traffic stop. Wyatt was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation in Geauga County. Cieszykowski was interviewed and released, Doak said.
After a third burglary was reported in the 6000 block of Winchell Road in Hiram Township that day, deputies determined that both suspects were involved in the three burglaries and an arrest warrant was sworn out for Cieszykowski, Doak said.
Sheriff's detectives Trent Springer and Jim Acklin found Cieszykowski at his mother's residence in Troy Township in Geauga County on Friday night, according to Lt. Greg Johnson, chief of detectives at the sheriff's office. While attempting to arrest him, Cieszykowski allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted Springer and Acklin before they were able to take him into custody.
Springer received five stitches to close a cut on his hand at Geauga County Hospital and was released, Johnson said, while Acklin did not require medical treatment. Both were back to work on Monday, he said.
Cieszykowski will be charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest by Geauga County authorities, according to Doak.
Wyatt is charged with one count of complicity to burglary, a second-degree felony, for the incident in Hiram Township. She and Cieszykowski are being held in the Portage County jail on 10 percent of $35,000 bond pending future court dates following their arraignments Monday in Portage County Municipal Court in Ravenna. Conditions of their bond are no contact with each other or the alleged victims in the case, according to court records. Johnson said the duo committed the crimes to feed their heroin addictions.
Additional charges are pending the presentation of the case to a Portage County grand jury.
Follow Dave O'Brien on Twitter at @RCCrimeWatch
Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org