Lakewood OH

Police beats – March 30, 2011


Off key

A Fairview Park woman told police March 23 her truck had been keyed the night before while it was parked in her boyfriend’s driveway on Oakmoor.

She said his ex-girlfriend had come to the door around 1 a.m. yelling and banging on the door. The upset ex had eventually left when they didn’t answer to door, she said.

Letting the air out

A 27-year-old man is facing alcohol-related charges after police checked a report of a disabled vehicle on Wolf Road shortly before 1 a.m. March 23.

Police said when an officer arrived, they found a disabled truck with both passenger side tires flat. The driver said he was unsure how it happened, speculating that he may have hit something. Police said the officer thought the driver may have been drinking and gave him field sobriety tests. He failed the test and was subsequently arrested.

Sour note

Avon officers called their Bay counterparts March 21 to see if anyone from the Bay Middle School had reported a missing saxophone.

An officer had located a sax in a case labeled sixth-grade BMS near Chester and Jaycox. School officials were also contacted but as of Monday morning no one had claimed the instrument.


Home break-in

Police received a report around 6:30 p.m. March 14 of a break-in at a home on West 227th Street. The perpetrators apparently entered through a bathroom window and exited through sliding glass doors, police said. According to the homeowner, a jewelry box had been disturbed, but nothing was missing.

Police think perhaps the homeowner returned home sooner than the thieves expected, forcing them to make a quick exit.

Car break-ins

Police received nine reports of car break-ins overnight between March 15 and 16. Detectives say they have the name of a suspect and are continuing their investigation.

Church break-in

The custodian of Fairview Grace Church, 22420 Lorain Road, found a basement window broken out on March 16. Police said the screen was pushed in. Apparently the perpetrator tried to pry open a storage locker, but without success, police said. Nothing else was missing, according to the incident report.

Wanted people caught

A traffic stop on the afternoon of March 18 resulted in two wanted individuals being turned over to law enforcement, police said.

The 39-year-old driver, wanted by the Rocky River Police on a traffic warrant, was turned over to officers from that department. The passenger, Shelton Harris, 39, of Cleveland, was picked up by officers of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office after police discovered he was wanted for an alleged probation violation.


Auto issues

Police checked two separate reports of items being taken from vehicles in the last few days.

Sunday, a woman told police she had parked her Kia inside her grandfather’s East Park Drive garage the day before and went inside. When she came out the next day, she found it had been gone through and about $1,200 in electronic goods taken. Her grandfather’s vehicles had also been rifled with a small amount of cash taken.

On Wednesday, a man told police a $1,000 tailgate was taken from the man’s truck while it was parked in a corner of Victoria Plaza on Country Club Boulevard. Nothing else was reported missing.

Counterfeit caper

Police are investigating the passing of a $5 counterfeit bill at the Ohio Driver’s License Bureau in Great Northern Shopping Center Thursday.

Officers said the bureau manager said the bill was discovered when money was counted at the end of the day. She said it appeared to be slightly smaller than the other bills. Police said it appeared to have been photocopied from another $5 bill.

Alcohol issues

An area man is facing alcohol and traffic-related charges after police said they stopped a vehicle he was driving at the intersection of Great Northern Boulevard and Lorain road late Friday.

Police said they stopped the vehicle after it was driven onto a sidewalk around another vehicle to get onto Lorain Road. Officers said they smelled alcohol on the driver, as well as on a female passenger who appeared to be passed out.

Police questioned the driver and obtained ID from the passenger. The driver told officers he had one beer while throwing darts at a bar while the passenger acknowledged drinking “a lot.” The driver failed field sobriety tests, leading to his arrest.


Underage driver

Most kids look forward to the day they’re handed the car keys, but it wasn’t such a pleasant experience for a Rocky River 10-year-old on March 26. At 5:45 p.m. a Good Samaritan noticed a car running in the parking lot of the city civic center and reached in to turn off the engine. The person then noticed a child had been left unattended in the vehicle. Giving the keys to the child, they instructed the child to lock the doors.

The female driver, upon returning to the vehicle at about the same time became upset with the do-gooder for entering her car and speaking with the child. Police intervened with the news that the woman was the one in the wrong for leaving the car running, and for leaving the child in the vehicle. She was given a warning.

Lost and found
Also on March 26, a 20-year-old female was found after being reported missing from her home state of Massachusetts. She is suspected to have been living with friends in the Rocky River/ Lakewood area. The woman was escorted to a local crisis center.

Car keyed three times

On March 21, a 51-year-old Woodpath Trail man reported that someone scratched the paint, with a key, on his silver Lexus three times recently. The paint is damaged on the rear trunk area, and the door and body panel on the passenger’s side, police said. The damage took place on Feb. 27, March 6, and March 18, said police, who have no suspects.

Funny money

The manager of the McDonald’s at 25700 Detroit Road reported a customer passed a counterfeit $20 bill at the drive thru window the afternoon of March 21. An employee described the suspect as a heavy-set man, in his late 20s or early 30s, with tan skin. The suspect has black hair, did not have any facial hair, or eyeglasses, police said. He was said to be driving a 2003 or older, silver or gray four-door Jeep or Explorer.

Unauthorized withdrawals

Police are investigating an apparent case of fraud involving a 58-year-old Surrey Circle man’s bank account. For the past couple of months, police report, a business was automatically withdrawing money from his checking account to pay for an unknown person’s insurance.

Boyfriend break-in?

A 52-year-old resident of the Pinetree Condos reported that someone broke into her unit between 6 p.m. March 21 and noon the next day. Entry was gained through a ground floor bedroom window, police said, adding that pry marks were found on the screen to the window.

The victim does not think anything is missing and told police that her ex-boyfriend may be a possible suspect. Police are investigating.

Stolen bicycle

On March 27, a Silveridge Trail man reported the theft of his son’s bicycle, a black and green Verde Eon from in front of the Apple store at Crocker Park the previous day. The bicycle is valued at $400, according to the police report.



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