2 safes found along Trumbull County bike path linked to Georgia burglary

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BRISTOLVILLE, Ohio (WKBN) – Two dumped safes found in northern Trumbull County are now linked to a burglary in Georgia.

Imagine you’re taking a nice, leisurely stroll down the Western Reserve Bike Trail in Bristolville when you spot something on the side of the path that just doesn’t belong.

That’s what happened to one man on Saturday. He found two open safes at the bottom of a ditch, so he called the sheriff’s office.

911 caller: “I was just wondering if you guys had, like, probably in the last couple weeks, had somebody had a stolen gun safe and a regular safe?”

When deputies checked the serial number on one, it came back stolen from 772 miles south in a burglary reported on February 11 in Savannah, Georgia.

“It was a random spot, and then it’s not like it was dumped out of view,” Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich said. “That’s how somebody saw it and reported it, and it ended up being recovered.”

The safes are very heavy — one weighs about 500 pounds.

According to Savannah police, the safes were taken from a man’s home on Helen Street. According to a police report, the safes had ten guns and other important personal documents inside. Those things went missing somewhere between Savannah and Trumbull County.

“Basically, they emptied them, if there were contents, and then they dumped them,” Dragovich said.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office is working with detectives from Savannah to see what they want done with the safes.

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