The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

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March 21, 2014

Police charge Ohio pair with burglaries

HERMITAGE, JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP — Hermitage police have charged two people with burglaries committed in late February, and Jefferson Township police are investigating whether they were involved in another break-in at the same time.

Hermitage police have filed charges of burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit burglary and theft against Daniel J. Boots, 39, and Heather R. Boots, 34, both of East Palestine, Ohio.

The Bootses are in Portage County (Ohio) Jail on charges related to a burglary there.

Another man, who is 35, has been identified as a suspect, but police have not filed charges against him.

Jefferson Township Police Chief Jeff Lockard said his department is investigating the trio in connection with Feb. 28 burglary in which a television and a computer were stolen from a 6900 block of Lamor Road.

“We believe it’s the same people,” he said, noting a door was kicked in.

Daniel Boots drove Heather Boots and the other man to a home Feb. 26 or 27 in the 1600 block of Winner Road, Hermitage, police said. The uncharged man kicked in a door and he and Heather Boots entered the home, stealing jewelry and a television.

Because they deemed the jewelry to be of little value, the three returned Feb. 27 to a home in the 2300 block of Valley View Road, Hermitage. The uncharged man kicked in a door, he and Heather Boots entered the home and they stole jewelry, a video game system, games, a computer, a video camera and a television, police said.

Portage County officials arrested the trio on their charges, and Hermitage police interviewed Daniel and Heather Boots, who admitted their involvement in the local crimes, police said.

The electronics were sold to unknown people in Youngstown and the jewelry to a store in Warren, Ohio, police said. The money from the sales was used to buy drugs, police said.

Hermitage police have obtained arrest warrants for Heather and Daniel Boots, but have yet to bring them to Pennsylvania for court proceedings.

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