WILLOUGHBY -- Just before noon Monday, police officers conducting surveillance in the area of three recent burglaries arrested Terry A. Reffitt, 24, of Cleveland.
At 11:55 a.m., officers watched Reffitt as he emerged on foot from the Halle Estates area. Reffitt walked up the driveway to a home in the 5700 block of Som Center Road.
Reffitt entered a sun porch at the rear of the home and tried to open the rear door. An alert neighbor also spotted Reffitt and yelled at him.
Reffitt left the home and was arrested by Willoughby officers as he crossed SOM Center Road.
He was carrying an empty backpack, a screwdriver, and a flashlight. A homeowner was at home at the time of the incident but was unharmed.
Officers learned Reffitt had been staying at the nearby Travelodge Motel since Nov. 7.
Several pieces of jewelry and drug paraphernalia were recovered from the motel room.
Reffitt was charged with four counts of burglary (second degree felonies), and three counts of possessing criminal tools (fifth degree felonies).
Here is a list of burglaries that Reffitt has been charged with:
- November 12 in the 35600 block of Ridge Road
- November 13 in the 5700 block of SOM Center Road
- November 16 in the 5900 block of Halle Farm Drive
- November 19 in the 5700 block of SOM Center Road
Reffitt was arraigned Tuesday in Willoughby Municipal Court and has his bond set at $100,000.