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Uber driver becomes uber hero: Rideshare operator stops three alleged thieves from fleeing Northeast Ohio after string of burglaries

The Uber driver picked up the three suspects, who weren’t conscious that he had been listening to police scanners

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — Three people have been charged with Housebreaking and Complicity to Commit Housebreaking following a collection of house invasions in Northeast Ohio

Rudy Miller and Rocky Mason (each 28), and April Miller (26) are presently awaiting arraignment on the Lake County Grownup Detention Facility after police say they pulled off a string of house burglaries.

In line with Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace, the three suspects tried to steal from not less than 4 properties in Ashtabula, Harmony, and Leroy Townships. 

In a single incident, Rudy and Mason had been allegedly capable of get away with $6,000 in jewellery after presenting themselves as water firm workers to the house owner. 

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Pennsylvania State Police reported an identical incident involving two males with the identical description, in addition to an identical automotive related to the Ohio burglaries, and the thieves had been capable of steal a ground protected containing almost $10,000. 

On August 9, the Madison Township police situated the suspect car, a black 2012 Dodge Challenger, and Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace and Ohio State Freeway Patrol had been dispatched. 

The suspects fled the scene, nonetheless, and had been capable of evade officers close to the Route 615 exit off of Interstate 90. 

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Shortly after the police chase, an Uber driver obtained a name to pickup three people from Garfield Park in Mentor. The driving force arrived on scene and observed the black Dodge Challenger on the park. The three suspects didn’t know, nonetheless, that the motive force had been listening to police scanners and had heard concerning the police encounter with an identical automotive. 

The Uber driver dropped the suspects off on the Vacation Inn on Route 306 and remained within the space after calling 911. 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace says that upon detaining the people, all the stolen objects had been discovered throughout the Dodge Challenger. 

Comparable circumstances from a number of counties throughout northern Ohio and Pennsylvania are presently below investigation. 

On Wednesday, Lake County officers introduced the Uber driver, recognized as Steven Baker, with an award for his citizenship. Here is what the award reads:

“The Lake County Sheriff’s Workplace acknowledges your excellent citizenship on August 9, 2020. Whereas working for Uber you acknowledged your car’s fare occupants as suspects in a collection of breaking and getting into incidents.  Refusing to take them additional, you had them disembark at Smokey Bones restaurant, then contacted police and directed the police to actual their location.  The three criminals had been subsequently arrested and charged for a number of crimes.  Your bravery in putting your personal security second over the welfare of others deserves the popularity and appreciation of this neighborhood.  We thanks in your excellent efforts!” 

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