Deputies find suspects, recover stolen items following break-in attempt at Lake County Fairgrounds

PAINESVILLE, Ohio - Two adults and two juveniles face criminal charges after Lake County Sheriff's deputies discovered stolen property in their vehicle Sunday.

Sheriff's deputies responded to an alarm just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds flea market building in Painesville Township, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Four men were found in a car near the building, sheriffs said.

After questioning, deputies discovered the driver possessed marijuana and found a crowbar with white paint marks. The men admitted to attempting to break into the flea market during questioning, according to the news release.

The suspects also had World War II era collector items in the car, deputies say. Similar items were stolen from a commercial building in Perry Township, where the owner reported multiple break-ins, according to the news release. The men confessed to those crimes and disclosed the location of the stolen items to the sheriff's deputies.

Both adults face charges of attempted breaking and entering, criminal trespassing, possession of criminal tools, possession of marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of minors, the news release says.

The juveniles will be charged with attempted breaking and entering, criminal trespassing and curfew violations, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Additional charges are pending following the investigation.

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