MEDINA — The man arrested inside Castle Noel on Sunday night faces a string of charges after police armed with assault rifles closed part of the city's historic square after a crime spree.
Police say they found Shawn M. Bazan, 35, after a 45-minute standoff on the third floor of the Christmas museum as he was attempting to break windows to escape.
Bazan has been charged with breaking and entering, theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle in Medina Municipal Court.
He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
Bazan, who lists his address as the Medina County Jail, has appeared previously in Medina Municipal Court in 17 separate cases ranging from minor traffic offenses to more serious charges including theft and criminal trespassing.
He has three previous cases in Medina County Common Pleas Court ranging from breaking and entering to drug-related charges including one instance where he was found in possession of drugs in the Oriana halfway house.
The latest case, police say, started Sunday evening when patrons at Dominic's/JoJo's, 221 S. Jefferson St., found that several cars had been broken into and their contents strewn about the parking lot. Patrons complained to police that several items, including clothes, were missing.
Police say they tracked Bazan to Castle Noel, about two blocks away, where he had broken a large window to get into the rear of the museum.
Owner Mark Klaus said the building's motion detector showed that the intruder roamed throughout the multi-story museum full of movie memorabilia and historic artifacts that includes original costumes and sets from movies like "The Grinch," "Jingle All the Way" and "Elf".
While officers from Medina police, the State Highway Patrol, Montville Township police and Medina County Sheriff's Department surrounded the former Methodist church, which also houses Alien Vacation Mini Golf, Klaus said, Bazan apparently pulled the fire alarm to "create a diversion."
A police dog was sent in and Medina police say Bazan was taken into custody without incident on the third floor.
Klaus said aside from broken windows, damage inside included decorative fencing in the museum's Grand Hall (once the sanctuary of the former Methodist Church) and a gummy bear store window display.
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