Police get his girlfriend hiding in 'hoarder's room'

EASTLAKE -- Police here were only looking to arrest a man for receiving stolen property. What police didn't count on was finding his girlfriend -- who was wanted on warrants out of Macedonia, Willowick and Lake County Sheriff's Office -- hiding under a garbage bag in a clothing-and-trash-filled bedroom.

Just before 10 a.m. Wednesday, police learned that a vehicle stolen from Springfield, Ohio was located at an address on East 347th Street.

Springfield police alerted police here of their possible suspect that may be traveling to our city.

A third party at the home answered officers' knocks and directed them to the upstairs where the suspect, Michael Murray, 27, and his girlfriend were staying.

Murray was taken into custody without incident and charged with felony receiving stolen property, and is being held without bond until arraignment.

His girlfriend, who chose to hide from officers, was located in a small room entirely filled with clothing and trash.

The door to the bedroom would only open slightly but one officer was able to climb into the bedroom on top of the garbage and clothing piles.

The officer located a small, open gap inside the closet, lifted a garbage bag, and could finally see the girlfriend, 35.

She was placed under arrest on three outstanding warrants, one from Willowick, Macedonia and the Lake County Sheriff's Office.


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