Lakewood OH

Police Beats – May 4, 2011


Bad parking place

A Bay officer parking his cruiser in the station parking lot shortly before 1 a.m. April 23 noticed a vehicle slowly driving the nearby pedestrian path that connects the city’s Cahoon Park and the nearby Cleveland Metroparks area.

When the officer went to check it further, he said the vehicle turned around, turned off it’s headlights and parked on the path. Officers went and asked the vehicle’s driver why he was parked on the path. Police said the man told them he was having problems with his power steering and was waiting for a friend to come help.

However, police said they thought the man had been drinking, prompting them to give him field sobriety tests, which he failed. He now faces alcohol and traffic-related charges.

Running into trouble

The driver of a vehicle whom police initially stopped for allegedly running a red light at Lake and Dover Center roads at 4 a.m. Sunday is facing alcohol, drug and traffic-related charges as a result of being stopped.

Police said after stopping the vehicle, they thought the 19-year-old driver had been drinking. Police gave the driver field sobriety tests and arrested him after he failed them. Further investigations showed the presence of drug paraphernalia.

Not a boxing ring

City law enforcement officials are mulling possible charges after a fight between teenagers at the Bay Skate and Bike Park last Friday evening.

Police said they were alerted to the problem after the father of a 13-year-old boy told them a 15-year-old boy had taken a swing at his son and also thrown his bike to ground, damaging it.

When questioned by officers, the 15-year-old boy told them there was bad blood between the two boys, but denied doing anything physical or damaging the bike. The prosecutor is expected to make a ruling on whether to file charges.


Cashier scam

A 19-year-old cashier at Big Lots on Center Ridge Road is accused of theft after allegedly issuing store credits to the same three individuals repeatedly since February.

Police were called to the store the afternoon of April 21 when store security personnel detained the cashier and a female customer who received the store credit. The cashier, a Lakewood resident, admitted the thefts but claimed her friends were not aware of what she was doing, according to the police report.

Big Lots, which estimates its current loss at about $1,200, is continuing its investigation, police said.

The cashier was arrested and charged with petty theft. The detained customer was identified and released.

Unlocked cars entered

Three vehicles were entered overnight between April 22 and 22, police said. Cash, GPS units and a garage door opener were reported stolen in the incidents. In all the cases, the cars had been left unlocked, police said.


Bad break

Officers are investigating a recent break-in at the Jamestown Apartments at the home of four students who were away on spring break.

An official from the apartment complex called officers last Friday to report the incident. He had been contacted officially by workers from the complex, saying they had found a broken window. Subsequent investigation showed that the apartment had been broken into.

When officers checked the interior, they found items strewn about the home. In addition, the occupants later found a various electronic goods, jewelry, hunting and personal gear valued at several thousand dollars had been taken. The occupant also told police the home had been broken into around Christmas.

Lying doesn’t help either

A teenager who Wal-Mart security had already caught allegedly stealing two I Pod chargers from the business April 26 told officers he lied about his age to store security because he didn’t want to get into trouble.

Store security said they had seen the teen take the chargers out of their packaging, hide them in his pants and then try to leave the store. However, security detained him and contacted police.

In addition to the age issue, police said when asked why he took the items he aid because his chargers had broken.

Cutting crime

A Michigan electric company doing work in the area reported the theft of two spools of copper wire were taken from a company truck while parked in the La Quinta Inn parking lot April 25.

One worker told police he had last seen the two 1,000 foot spools around 10 p.m., when he went outside for a smoke. When he repeated this 45 minutes later, he saw the ladder normally in the bed of the truck lying on the ground and that a ratchet had been cut. He then saw the wire was missing.

Workers told police the wire is used for installation of new cell towers. Nothing else was reported missing.


Heated words

On April 29, police were alerted to a domestic dispute at 12:58 p.m. on Northview Road when a man returned to his former girlfriend’s home, began arguing with her, and refused to leave. After gathering his belongings, the man was sent on his way with no further incident. His ex did not file charges.

Hot seat

A Wooster Road resident reported the theft of a bench valued at about $300 from a patio. The furniture thief has not been apprehended.

Operation medicine cabinet

Rocky River was one of several cities participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet on April 30. Overseen by the Drug Enforcement Agency, residents were urged to bring old and unneeded medication to the police station instead of dropping it in the trash. The drugs were taken to a pharmaceutical company for disposal. Police reported that about 8 boxes of medications were collected.

Pulling a fast one

On April 30 at 7 p.m. two men walked into a Center Ridge Road restaurant on the premise of needing change. They proceeded to confuse the cashier enough to get away with over $100. The men were reported to be driving a white Ford Escape with Missouri license plates.

Locker lifting

At about 4 p.m. police received word that several items, including a watch, had been stolen from the Rocky River Recreation Center after locks had been cut from lockers. Police are investigating.


Trailer taken by tow truck

A 2010 Appalachian-brand dump trailer, valued at $5,200, was reported stolen from a business on Clemens Road April 25. The trailer is a black dual-axle model with wooden sides.

The trailer was last seen being towed from that location by a black tow truck with white or orange writing on the side around 4 p.m. April 22, police said. At the time, the witness did not realize it was being stolen but instead thought it was being repossessed or towed by the property owner, police said.

The social network

The Internet helped in nabbing the suspect who allegedly stole a 17-year-old Sheffield Lake boy’s $1,300 laptop computer, police said. The youth had listed it for sale on Craigslist and arranged to meet a buyer at Crocker Park around 9 p.m. April 25.

During negotiations regarding the sale, the suspect drove off with the computer as the victim got out of the suspect’s car, police said.

The suspect, a 17-year-old Cleveland boy, was identified through his various social network postings and arrested at his home April 27. Police said they recovered the stolen computer at the suspect’s home. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention home, police said.

Fender bender revenge

A 66-year-old Rocky River man’s 1995 Ford van was “keyed” by a 53-year-old Westlake man April 28 in the parking lot of the Promenade at Crocker Park, police said.

Here’s what police said happened: The two had been in a traffic altercation a few minutes earlier. The older man parked his van and then returned to find the suspect scratching the passenger side of it. The victim provided police with a license plate of the suspect’s van and identified him from his driver’s license photo. The suspect was interviewed later at his home and denied damaging the other man’s van. He admitted that he had intended to let the air out of the victim’s tires but was thwarted by the victim’s return.

The victim intends to sign complaints for criminal damaging against the suspect, police said.

Copper caper

Around 5:30 p.m. April 29, the new owner of a Clague Road house reported that copper pipes had been stolen from his basement sometime in the previous 24 hours. Entry was gained by forcing open the back door, police said.

Game over

A 27-year-old intoxicated Cleveland man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, disorderly conduct-persisting, and resisting arrest after allegedly fighting with a 21-year-old Canal Fulton man at the Holiday Inn April 30. Police said the two had argued earlier over how the younger man was playing a video game during a video game conference at the hotel. While police were arresting the Cleveland man, he spat on one of the arresting officers, according to the police report.

The Canal Fulton man was arrested and charged with assault. Police said he had punched the older man in the mouth about an hour after the initial argument. He was released on his own recognizance later that night. The Cleveland man was released on his own recognizance at 4:40 a.m. the next day.

Less than an hour later, officers returned to the Holiday Inn when the 18-year-old brother of the Cleveland man allegedly began damaging hotel property. The Lorain resident left before officers arrived, but was later arrested at the Westlake Board of Education administrative offices parking lot on Hilliard Boulevard. He was arrested and charged with criminal damaging and underage consumption. An 18-year-old man who was waiting with him at the parking lot was also arrested for underage consumption.



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