An Owosso Avenue man left his house at 6:20 a.m. on Aug. 14 and came home around 8 p.m. to find he had been robbed, according to a Fairlawn police report.
The deadbolt on his back door was open and the living room window was broken where the suspect got in, the report said. The suspect stole a laptop, eight credit cards, a watch and a coin jar.
Witnesses told police they saw a man with a book bag get into a black PT Cruiser.
The Akron Police Department had been handling several west Akron burglaries and Fairlawn police reported this one, which had similarities with the others, the report said.
Akron police suspected Earl Odums, 31, of Akron, was committing the crimes and they linked him to a girlfriend who drives a black PT Cruiser, the report said. Odums was reportedly trying to pawn stolen jewelry at West End Gold in West Akron.
Akron police served Odums a warrant and he was arrested, the report said.
The driver of the PT Cruiser told police she had been dating Odums for three months and he recently moved in. She said she noticed he came home with jewelry but she was afraid to ask him where he got it, the report said.
On the day of the Owasso robbery, Odums asked her to take him to Croghan Park and to pick him up when he called. Odums left Croghan Park and the woman stayed to play with her child. She was later called to pick Odums up at the corner of Sand Run Parkway and Owasso Avenue.
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