Tiffin man arrested after breaking into same apartment twice in less than 24 hours

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Tiffin, Ohio— A Tiffin man was arrested over the weekend after allegedly breaking into the same apartment twice in less than 24 hours.

At 9:43 p.m. Friday, a woman called 911 and told the dispatcher she was hiding in a bedroom as several people attempted to break into her apartment in the Riverbend complex at 184 E. Market St.

About 13 minutes later, the woman reported that the intruders had broken a window and left the apartment through it.

Police searched the area for suspects, but were unsuccessful, according to a news report about the incident.

At 1:04 p.m. Saturday, the Tiffin Police Department received another call from the same woman who said James R. Crews, 29, entered through the broken window, again left the apartment through the window and ran to a nearby stream.

Police responded and began a foot chase of the crews with assistance from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office. Crews was located and taken into custody near the Rebecca Street Bridge at 1:13 p.m., according to the news report.

During the pursuit, one of the police officers injured his wrist and right leg following a fall. This officer was transported to Tiffin Mercy Hospital for an evaluation. The crews were not injured, the news report said.

Crews was incarcerated in Seneca County Jail on two counts of burglary, a second-degree felony. He is also being held for at least two terms in other areas, according to prison records.

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