On May 29, 2012, Maurice Jones a 42 year old male with last known address of 4136 East 113th Street in Cleveland, was indicted by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury on 14 counts including Burglary, Breaking and Entering and Grand Theft Motor Vehicle for a series of crimes committed between November of 2011 and March of 2012 at various locations in the City of Solon. He is scheduled to appear for arraignment on June 12 in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
The first reported incident occurred on November 2, 2011, where a 42 year old male Solon Boulevard, Solon resident reported his 1990 Buick LeSabre, valued at approx. $3000, stolen from his driveway during the morning hours.
Two days later, November 4, 2011, also in the morning, a 60 year old male Solon resident reported his 1991 Chevrolet Astro Van, valued at approx. $600 stolen from the parking lot of Vintage Wine Distributors, 6555 Davis Industrial Parkway, Solon. The vehicle had been driven to work at that location by the victim’s son.
The next month, December 4, 2011, during the day, a 39 year old male Parkway Drive, Solon resident reported his 2002 Chevrolet pick-up truck stolen from his driveway. The pick-up truck was recovered within the hour several blocks away on Forest Glen Avenue, Solon.
The following day, December 5, 2011, a 72 year old male resident of Solon Boulevard, Solon reported his snow blower and lawn mower stolen from his attached garage; as did a 44 year old female victim from Edgemoor Avenue who had a snow blower and leaf blower stolen from her attached garage.
After a couple month break, on February 17, 2012, a 34 year old female Edgemoor Avenue, Solon victim reported her 1995 Chevrolet van stolen from her driveway. A Buick, which had been stolen from Garfield Heights was recovered, unoccupied, running, next door.
A 46 year old male Duneden Avenue, Solon resident reported his snow blower stolen from his garage on the same day, during the same time frame. All told, four vehicles were stolen, three were recovered (two of the stolen Solon vehicles), three snow blowers, one lawn mower and one leaf blower were stolen over the winter of 2011-2012. All of these crimes happened within less than a half-mile of each other.
Solon Police Detective Thomas Terwilliger was successfully able to use DNA evidence recovered from one of the stolen vehicles, cellular telephone records of suspects, and video from businesses in the surrounding neighborhood to piece together a complete picture of the suspect’s spree through Solon. His evidence was presented to a grand jury in May and the above indictments were returned. The Burglary and Breaking & Entering charges arise from his trespass on property to steal the vehicles and/or his trespass in garages attached to victim’s residences to steal equipment.
Jones has pending charges from other counties regarding being in possession of other uninvolved stolen vehicles.