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Kosciusko County authorities nab alleged home burglars

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Kosciusko County Sheriff's Deputies have reportedly arrested two men allegedly connected to at least three home burglaries.

According to a report from the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department, deputies and North Webster Police Department officers responded Friday to a reported burglary in progress around 1:15 p.m. in the 8000 block of Webster Road in Syracuse.

Upon arrival, officers reportedly learned that relatives of the homeowners had detained a person identified as Corey Hurst Ritchie, 24, Warsaw, who had allegedly fled from the residence.

Officers allegedly located stolen items from the home and then transported Ritchie to the Kosciusko County Jail. He faces a preliminary charge of felony burglary to a residence or dwelling.

On Saturday, investigators went to the residence of Zackery Hernandez, 23, of Arthur Street in Warsaw, reportedly due to information that implicated Hernandez's alleged involvement in at least one other residential burglary.

Hernandez was arrested and preliminarily charged with felony burglary of a residence or dwelling, along with a second charge of felony theft. Detectives, according to the release, believe that Ritchie and Hernandez have worked together on at least three different residential burglaries in the last two months. Ritchie's bond was set at $50,000, while Hernandez's bond was set at $10,000.

The investigation is ongoing.