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Elyria man arrested for 50th time after allegedly breaking into American Veterans post in Lorain Co.

Posted at 2:23 PM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 14:23:24-05

LORAIN COUNTY, Ohio — An Elyria man, who has been booked into the Lorain County Jail 34 times since 2002, was arrested on Friday in connection to a break-in at an American Veterans post in Carisle Township, located in Lorain County.

On Friday, deputies from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of 11087 Middle Avenue for a suspicious vehicle parked on the street. Having prior knowledge that AMVETS had been broken into in the past, deputies checked the social hall and found a man identified as Tyler Ellis, 35, of Elyria, hiding in a closet.

After Ellis was arrested, he told deputies another man was inside. Deputies located another man, identified as 34-year-old Russell Dotson, of Elyria, attempting to leave through the back door.

Both Ellis and Dotson were taken to the Lorain County Jail and charged with breaking and entering and theft.

The sheriff’s office said Ellis has a long criminal history dating back to 2002. Ellis has been arrested 50 times and booked into the Lorain County Jail 34 times since 2002.

Of the 19 cases Ellis has involving the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office, 13 are related to breaking and entering incidents.

Between 2004 and 2014, Ellis had pleaded guilty to 15 criminal indictments for breaking and entering and was found guilty in all 15 indictments.