After a lengthy investigation by the Cuyahoga Falls Police Detective Bureau into numerous thefts from motor vehicles, two Falls residents have been charged this week with multiple felonies, according to a news release issued by the department Tuesday, Feb. 5.
Robert J. Ponte, 26, is charged with three counts of grand theft, a third-degree felony; two counts of felony theft, a fifth-degree felony; seven counts of misdemeanor theft, a first-degree misdemeanor; receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; and falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Diana M. Mikoletic, 28, is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony; misuse of credit cards, and falsification, both first-degree misdemeanors. Mikoletic was charged with some of these offenses in January and the remainder of them this week, according to Falls Police Capt. Jack Davis.
The thefts included two handguns, two rifles and a large amount of ammunition, cash, jewelry, credit cards, laptop computers and GPS devices, according to the release.
Police said these thefts occurred during a period of several months from numerous victims.
The two rifles are among the property that has been recovered, but the two handguns are still unaccounted for, according to the police news release.
Ponte is currently committed to the Lorain Correctional Facility on previous offenses and arrangements are being made to return him to Summit County to appear on the new charges that were filed this week. Mikoletic has already been arraigned on her charges and has been released on bond. Her case has been bound over to Summit County.
Falls Police would like to remind citizens not to leave valuables in unsecured vehicles, especially firearms.