Alleged burglar apprehended

DIXONVILLE – An East Liverpool man has been charged in connection with a string of recent home burglaries in the Dixonville area of Liverpool Township

Zachary C. Shingler, 28, who listed a Dewey Avenue address, was arrested Monday on three counts of burglary, according to a complaint filed in East Liverpool Municipal Court by township police.

Shingler is in the county jail on a $50,000 bond set by Judge Melissa Byers-Emmerling following an initial appearance by video on Tuesday. Shingler, who applied for a court-appointed attorney, did not enter a plea.

Liverpool Township police took Shingler into custody on Monday after obtaining a statement from him in which he allegedly confessed to three home burglaries on Park Boulevard East. Police also were able to recover some of the stolen items.

Shingler became a suspect after police received a report on Monday that a woman was trying to sell jewelry at the Cashland on St. Clair Avenue, a police report filed by Patrolman Jared Kinemond said. Shingler reportedly was with the woman at the time.

The woman and her brother told police that Shingler had been staying with them and that Shingler and the woman’s boyfriend had come home with a 42-inch TV and guns and put them in the bedroom, the report said. The brother and sister said they knew Shingler could not afford the items.

When police brought Shingler in for questioning, he first told them he had an accomplice, the report said. He later told Kinemond and police Lt. Justin Wright that he was solely responsible for the burglaries, the report said.

Shingler told police he walked up to one house and kicked in the side door, the report said. He allegedly broke the window of another house but was unable to gain entry. He drove up to a third house, kicked in the rear door and allegedly stole a TV, two guns and jewelry, the report said.

A witness told police on Sunday that she saw a gray van pull up to the Park Boulevard East house of her neighbor on Saturday but assumed it was the victim’s son picking up the mail. She said the man, whom she did not recognize because he was wearing a hoodie, pulled into the driveway and walked around back.

The witness said she wrote down the van’s license plate because her house had been burglarized earlier in the month. When the elderly woman arrived home on Sunday, she discovered the rear door kicked in and items missing.

Police checked the plate number and traced the vehicle to the address where Shingler had been staying, the report said.

Assisting Liverpool Township police with the investigation was the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A preliminary hearing for Shingler is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2.