An odd crime spree forced officers to spend the afternoon returning stolen mailboxes to Stark County residents.
Stark County police arrested Brian Jirousek, 22, Amanda Gilbert, 18, and Alex Mound, 19, in connection with a string of mailbox thefts.
Police responded to a tip on Wednesday from a resident who claimed he watched a man steal his mailbox.
The resident told police he followed the suspects as they drove north on State Route 183 towards Alliance in a red Chevrolet pick-up truck.
As the resident was driving home, he spotted a mailbox on the side of the road. He also found his mailbox along with several others.
He gave a description of the two men and female driver as well as the vehicle's license plate number.
Police recovered five mailboxes along State Route 183 and returned them to their owners.
Police visited the registered address of the red pick-up truck. The owner of the vehicle said her daughter, Amanda Gilbert, was driving the truck with her boyfriend Brian Jirousek.
Jirousek told police he and Mound met up with Gilbert that afternoon. When he got out to urinate, he said Mound came running towards the truck with a mailbox in his hands.
After throwing the mailbox in the bed of the truck, police said the three drove away with Gilbert behind the wheel.
The suspect then told police they threw the mailboxes out of the truck after ditching a car that was following them.
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Jirousek said he did not know where the other mailboxes came from.
Police then visited Mound who admitted to stealing several mailboxes.
All three suspects were taken and booked into Stark County Jail.
Mound faces one count of theft. Jiousek and Gilbert each face one count of complicity to theft.
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