Rep. Stivers tracks stolen iPad to Columbus home

Kenneth Ervin, accused of stealing technology from the car of U.S. Rep. Steve Stivers, is being investigated for links to other thefts. (WSYX/WTTE)

A suspected thief is now locked up, arrested by Upper Arlington Police, after Congressman Steve Stivers tracked his stolen property to a home in West Columbus.

Stivers says over the Easter holiday weekend, he noticed someone had broken into his SUV parked in his Upper Arlington neighborhood and stole a backpack filled with electronics, gift cards, and a camera.

"I realized the stuff was gone," said the Republican Stivers, who serves the 15th congressional district. "I opened the Find my iPad app, saw where it (the iPad) was, showed it to police, they took it from there."

Upper Arlington Police officers found the iPad and other stolen items, six miles away in a West Columbus home.

"It was critical information, that we had from him, it sped up the investigation, led us to the items, made an arrest very quickly," said Upper Arlington Officer Bryan McKean.

Kenneth Ervin, 40, was arrested in the home he shares with his mother, and has been charged with receiving stolen property. Upper Arlington Police now investigating if Ervin is linked to any other vehicle break-ins in the area.

Charging documents state officers were allowed into the home by Ervin's mother, who told police her son is a heroin addict and believed he was the suspect they were looking for.

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