Warren house is raided for theft evidence

WARREN – Authorities raided a home at 8722 Warwick Road S.E. in Warren on Thursday, hoping to find items stolen in May in Sandusky, but came up empty-handed, according to court documents.

At least one officer from the Sandusky Police Department searched the residence, according to Tribune Chronicle news partner WYTV 33 News. Authorities were looking for a bag with guns and diamonds, according to reports.

Yousif Hamad, 25, who was arrested June 26 in connection to the charge. He was being held in the Erie County Jail.

Hamad is accused of being one of two people who held a 77-year-old Sandusky woman at gunpoint in her home, stealing jewelry, and leaving her bound and gagged with duct tape face down on a bed.

Police say that Hamad is the son of a jewelry store owner at the Sandusky Mall from whom the victim purchased custom-designed jewelry. The victim said Hamad and his partner were adamant about getting her jewelry, according to 33 News.

After the theft, police tracked Hamad’s cell phone and met him at a hotel in Norfolk, Va. After obtaining fingerprints and a photograph from Hamad, a grand jury in Erie County, where Sandusky is located, issued a secret indictment for Hamad, the reports state.

The United States Marshal’s office arrested Hamad on felony theft charges on June 26, according to the court documents and information from a member of the warden’s office at the Trumbull County Jail. He posted a $2,500 bond on July 11, then was taken to the Erie County Jail, according to online jail records.

Detective Gary Wichman with the Sandusky Police Department monitored Hamad’s jail house calls and said that on July 28, he told his sister to get a bag from the house on Warwick Road and hide it underneath the house, according to the search warrant.

According to the warrant, a confidential informant told Wichman that he dropped Hamad off at the Warwick residence, which belongs to Hamad’s grandmother, on June 26. The informant claimed that Hamad told him he left two loaded handguns in the bag and talked about several loose diamonds and a stash of money.

The return on the search warrant, filed Thursday in the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas and signed by judge Wyatt McKay, shows that officers did not take anything from the house as evidence.

The last time Hamad showed up in news reports, it was as a victim.

He reported on Nov. 10 that at around 3 p.m., two males with pistols came through the front door of his home on Youngstown Road S.W., Warren, threatened to shoot him, ransacked his living room, and took two guns, $2,350 and a credit card.