Lakewood OH

Police Beats – June 1, 2011


Three-point theft

Police are investigating the third instance of theft at Cahoon Park in the last few weeks after a man reported several items taken while he was playing basketball May 25.

Officers said the 19-year-old North Olmsted man told police he had left his property unattended at about 5:30 p.m. to play basketball. When he went back at about 7 p.m, he found his wallet, iPhone, necklace and $35 in cash were missing. He did not see anyone near the items. Police reminded people to lock their items while engaged in activities at the park.

No day at the beach

A 30-year-old Euclid woman is facing a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence after an officer stopped her vehicle Thursday in the Huntington Beach parking lot for an alleged traffic violation on Lake Road.

Police said the woman told the officer she had been drinking and just wanted to take the test – which led to her arrest on the charge.

A rocky report

A patron of Uncle Bob’s Self Storage called police May 24 to let officers know someone had thrown rocks from the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks area into the business’s storage area.

One of the rocks shattered a window on the man’s landscaping truck. The victim told officers he has had other windows shattered in similar fashion and noted he has seen children on the tracks frequently.


Bus rolls on

Officers were called to an RTA bus at the intersection of Chanticleer Drive and Lorain Road around 6 p.m. May 21 after RTA Police reported a disturbance.

Fairview Park Police said they were able to resolve the situation without making any arrests.

Car hits tree

A Fairview Park man’s vehicle hit a tree on West 210th Street around 8:30 p.m. May 22. The man was taken to Fairview Hospital for undisclosed injuries.

Police said they arrested the driver after determining he was intoxicated. He faced a charge of driving under the influence.

Donuts safe

A teenage boy tried to break into the Dunkin’ Donuts store at West 210th Street and Lorain Road shortly before midnight May 22, police said. According to the incident report, he was startled by workers and ran off.

The teenage suspect was wearing a gray hoodie and possibly driving a full-sized, maroon GM vehicle, police said.


Around 4 a.m. May 23, a man was accosted by two young men who took his MP3 player and fled south on West 227th Street near Morton Avenue, police said. The department has no suspects.


Theft not rare for culprit

Police said an area man with several previous theft offenses has been charged with another after Giant Eagle security said he took several porterhouse steaks from the business May 18.

Officers were called to the scene after security said they saw the man take several packages of steaks and hide them in his sweat jacket. Security said he then tried to leave the store without paying but was detained.

When asked about the theft, police said he told them he takes them to sell so he can buy medication for seizures. Police said in addition to the previous theft offenses, there were robbery and drug trafficking charges as well.

Stupid move

A woman who told police it was stupidity when asked why she stole clothing May 12 from Macy’s has been charged with theft in the incident.

Police said she was seen going into the store with two large bags as she headed for the woman’s clothing section. She then dropped clothes into the bags and left without paying, security said.

A security officer saw her go into another store in the mall and start to repeat the process, prompting her to be stopped and taken back to Macy’s. A police check of her van showed several bags of clothing, some with receipts, some without. She also noted that she had $250 in cash while making the alleged thefts.


Business owner pursues thieves

The owner of a Center Ridge Road business surprised two men apparently looking to steal scrap metal behind his building around 7 a.m. May 22, police said. While fleeing, the suspects’ older blue Ford pickup struck the owner’s 2004 GMC truck, which he was driving when he came upon the suspects.

The owner was not injured and, in fact, followed the suspects as they drove south on Crocker-Stearns Road to I-480 east. He called Westlake Police while in pursuit. Neither Westlake Police, nor North Olmsted Police, who were also alerted, found the suspects. It is not known how much scrap metal was taken.

Sisters get nasty

An 18-year-old woman was arrested around 6 p.m. May 23 and charged with domestic violence. The woman allegedly threw shoes and a coat hanger at her 16-year-old sister at their Canterbury Road home. The younger female received a welt on her side, police said.

Police arrested the suspect, who reportedly told police that her younger sister threw pop on her.

The county’s Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the incident due to the age of the alleged victim, police said. A temporary protective order was issued, and the suspect was released on her own recognizance the next day.

Fight leads to drug find

A 17-year-old Westlake boy allegedly got into a fight with his 48-year-old father at their Detroit Road home the afternoon of May 24. According to police, the father had tried to prevent the son from taking a guitar from their apartment. The father received minor cuts on his left hand from the ensuing fight, police said.

Containers with marijuana residue were recovered from the boy’s bedroom, police said. In addition to a charge of domestic violence, he also faces a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. Police arrested the youth and took him to the county’s juvenile detention home.



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