Man charged after stolen property found

A Tiffin man was incarcerated in Seneca County Jail Saturday after several law enforcement agencies recovered property stolen from two businesses and vehicles.

Cyle J. Carter, 23, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering, a fifth-degree felony.

Additional charges are pending, and additional suspects are being investigated, according to Tiffin Police Department.

Detective Lt. Mark Marquis of Tiffin Police Department said the police department charged Carter with one count for a break-in at Mad River Antiques, 250 Benner St., Tiffin, and Seneca County Sheriff’s Office charged him with one count for a break-in at Old Fort Country Market, 8080 N. Main St., Old Fort.

Personnel from the police department, sheriff’s office and Seneca County Drug Task Force METRICH Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at 97 W. Market St., Tiffin, Saturday. The residents of the home, Stephanie A. Apidone, 50, and John Lewis, 55, were not home at the time the warrant was served. Carter, who had been staying at the residence for the past several weeks and was the focus of the investigation into the incident at the market, was at the residence, according to the police department.

Officers located evidence that allegedly linked Carter to the break-ins at the market and antique store during the search, and additional evidence and stolen property were recovered from the apartment that allegedly showed Carter was responsible for a string of vehicle entries throughout Tiffin, according to the department.

A second search warrant was secured to recover stolen property from 721 S. Union St., Fostoria. Property recovered from the residence, which is occupied by William “Billy” North, 28, is believed to have come from vehicle entries in Tiffin and the market, according to Tiffin Police Department.

North had not been charged and the case was under investigation Saturday evening.

Marquis said the search warrants yielded GPS units, iPods, wallets and credit cards. A small amount of property from vehicles was recovered, however, law enforcement believes a lot of the smaller items already have been sold or disposed of, he said.

A substantial amount of property that was found was determined to belong to Mad River Antiques, he said. Items recovered that had been at Mad River Antiques included antiques, weapons, a gas mask and baseball cards.

“Still missing are antique coins and several antique firearms,” he said.

Personnel from Tiffin’s special response team, Seneca County Search Team and Fostoria Police Department assisted with the search warrants.

Marquis said Carter was cooperative with law enforcement during an interview following his arrest and indicated most of the vehicle enterings had occurred on the west side of Tiffin. Any activity that involved Carter would have occurred over the last month, and it was determined he had entered vehicles overnight, prior to the search warrant, Marquis said.

Marquis said the police department has a lot of work ahead of it because of the amount of stolen property involved and the logging of the recovered property.

People who think the police department may have recovered property that had been stolen from them can call the criminal division at (419) 447-2323 in a few days. They should provide their identification information and what they believe the department might have.

“A detective will contact you back when available,” Marquis said.