FORT WAYNE – Four Fort Wayne residents were formally charged Friday in a string of thefts from vehicles last fall on the city’s northeast side.
Anna M. Eberle, 19, Guillermo A. Reyes-Henderson, Eric C. August and Christian M. Renschler, all 20, were each charged with felony corrupt business influence.
Police received a tip that several of those involved were bragging about going out every weekend and breaking into cars and that Renschler’s apartment contained several wallets, IDs, laptops, tablets, cellphones and chargers, according to court documents.
Police retrieved several of the items that had been reported stolen from local pawn shops, including two Garmin GPS units and a Nike GPS sports watch, the documents said.
Officers contacted Garmin with the serial numbers from the GPS units and matched them to two residents on the northeast side who had reported thefts from their vehicles.
On Nov. 14, police interviewed Renschler, of the 3500 block of Eastwood Drive, who said he had pawned the items and got them from car hopping – a term used to describe breaking into cars and stealing items from inside them.
On Nov. 25, police interviewed Reyes-Henderson, of the 6200 block of St. Joe Road, who also admitted to breaking into cars and pawning items.
The following day, police questioned August, of the 5200 block of Rebecca Street, who said they would break into cars about four times a week, court documents said.
When asked how many times the break-ins had occurred, August replied they had broken into more than 200 vehicles, the documents said.
On Dec. 3, Eberle, of the 6200 block of St. Joe Road, was interviewed. She told police she was the lookout and would snap or make a noise if she saw anyone coming.
The thefts took place between Sept. 10 and Oct. 25, according to court documents.
Reyes-Henderson, August and Renschler were each being held at the Allen County Jail in lieu of $10,000 on an unrelated burglary case.
Eberle had not been arrested Friday. A warrant had been issued for her arrest.