Lakewood OH

Arrest made in Westlake furniture store burglary ties suspect to crimes in Avon and North Ridgeville

Thomas Yafanaro (Photo courtesy Westlake Police Department)

Westlake and Cleveland police arrested 48-year-old Thomas Yafanaro Thursday in connection with the May 21 burglary of Brian’s Furniture in Westlake.

During the overnight break-in, the culprits took two big-screen TVs and furniture, including a leather sofa and chair, police said. Thieves placed the stolen items in the store’s delivery truck, which was already filled with $20,000 worth of custom-made cabinets, then drove off.

According to Westlake police, the majority of the stolen merchandise was discovered at Yafanaro’s Hess Avenue home in the North Broadway area of Cleveland. The furniture has been returned to Brian’s Furniture, police said.

As of Friday afternoon, Yafanaro was in the Westlake jail but had not yet been formally charged. Police said he likely faces charges of burglary and receiving stolen property in connection with the furniture store burglary.

Westlake police also said that property discovered at Yafanaro’s home links him to recent burglaries at a North Ridgeville Dairy Queen and Mitchell’s Ice Cream store in Avon.

Yafanaro has a criminal record dating to 1990, police said, which includes arrests for receiving stolen property, breaking and entering, safecracking and vandalism. He is currently on probation for a July 2010 arrest for receiving stolen property, for which he pleaded guilty.



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