Lakewood OH

Police Beats – June 15, 2011


All that glitters
An Applewood Drive couple told police June 6 that their home was burglarized sometime during the weekend.

Police said there was an undisclosed amount of jewelry taken from the house during the incident.

Auto issues
Police are investigating the theft of electronics and other items from vehicles in two separate incidents.

On June 6, an Oakmoor resident told police that his satellite radio was taken from his vehicle while he was working at Heinen’s. The owner told police he had left the windows open.

In the other incident, police said a Cahoon Road resident told police her husband’s car was entered overnight June 7. Taken were a GPS unit and an undetermined amount of cash.

The price you pay
A trio of would-be bullies at Reese Park June 9 are paying for their actions, police said.

After a youth’s mother alerted officers to the group’s damaging her son’s bike, officers spoke to them about the incident. Police said the three would pay for the damages, prompting to victim’s family to not press charges.


Hot merchandise, smoking pipe
Police said that a woman arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Westgate shopping center June 6 had a crack pipe in her possession. A charge of possession of drug paraphernalia was added to the theft charge, police said.

A Lorain Road resident told police on June 6 that her Facebook and Amazon accounts had been hacked. The woman said she has received packages she never ordered.


Speeding into trouble
A Michigan man who police said Saturday was driving an apparently stolen motorcycle nearly 100 miles per hour between on I-480 between Fitch and Butternut Ridge roads is facing charges after being stopped.

After an officer clocked the vehicle doing 97 MPH, police stopped it near Great Northern Boulevard going east. When asked the reason for the speed, police said the driver told them he was trying to catch up to a group of riders headed for a rally in Cleveland. In addition, he told them he only had driving privileges for work.

A check by officers confirmed the driving privileges for work only, and that the bike was reported stolen in Dearborn, Mich. Police said the man told them he had gotten the motorcycle from a friend named Boogey, who has several bikes. However, North Olmsted officers confirmed the bike as stolen and impounded the bike and arrested the driver.

Moving violation
Police said an Atlas moving van apparently accidentally pulled down cable lines in the area of Walter and Lorain shortly after noon Thursday, dropping right in front of another vehicle.

The driver of the car called police from her Walter Road home, saying the lines had become entangled in the front of her car, ripping off the front license plates and smudging other portions. Police were able to locate the truck, with that vehicle’s driver saying he had not been aware of the accident. He said he would contact his company about doing work on the car.

Wore out her welcome
A woman staying at the Economy Inn last weekend was cited for disorderly conduct while intoxicated after she argued with police and business workers about her staying there.

Workers said she had stayed at the business for two days, but declined to leave at her checkout time, saying she had no money to pay for her stay. When contacted, her boyfriend in Idaho declined to pay, saying she had been drinking. She became upset, saying she wasn’t going anywhere, which led to her arrest.


On a roll
Four Rocky River teens driving at a high rate of speed flipped the 2003 Jeep Wrangler they were riding in near the Lake Erie Crushers’ stadium in Avon on June 9. The vehicle landed near some high voltage lines when the driver lost control in the graveled area. No injuries were reported according to Avon police, but the driver was issued a citation.

On June 10, a Palmer Drive resident reported that their home had been forcibly entered. According to police, the distraught homeowner described the home as being ransacked. Police are investigating.

Break-in 2
A call was received from Lakewood police on June 13 reporting a male had been taken into custody possessing items from a home on Palmer Drive. These items included a gun, iPod and GPS. Police are investigating whether these items were taken from the Rocky River home, or are related to a Lakewood break-in.

Break-in 3
A Whittlesay Lane resident returning from a weekend away, reported to police at 7 p.m. on June 12 that their home had been forcibly entered. Police are still investigating.

Crime watch
Unlocked vehicles on Battersea Boulevard, Frazier Drive, and Cornwall Road were entered last week. Police urge residents to keep their vehicles locked, even in garages, and to secure valuables. Police said thefts tend to occur in clusters, with the most recent outbreak concentrated on the north side of the city.

Card eater
Around 10 p.m. June 10, police were called on a report of a man trying to break into an ATM at a Center Ridge Road bank. It turned out the machine had eaten the man’s card and he was attempting to retrieve it with a pair of scissors.

Gimme shelter
Officers responded on June 11 to reports of a homeless man sleeping in a car in a Detroit Road church parking lot. The man was found to have several issues, and the police mobile crisis unit intervened. He was taken to Lakewood Hospital.


Stealin’ suds
A Bradley Road resident surprised a thief in his garage around 9:45 p.m. June 6 as the suspect was leaving with a twelve-pack of beer, police said. The homeowner chased the male suspect to a waiting car, which quickly took off without the suspect. The homeowner noted the license place and reported it to police.

The car’s owner told police that his 18-year-old daughter had been using it. She was called by her parents and ordered to come right home. Subsequently, the beer thief suspect was identified as an 18-year-old Westlake man, police said. Warrants for burglary and theft are being pursued.

Entering Bloom contest?
Three theft reports involving landscaping items were taken the morning of June 7, police said.

Five plants in pots and baskets, value at $150, were taken from the patio of a Cedarwood Drive woman. A hedge trimmer, edger, chain saw, and weed eater, valued at a total of $1,250, were taken from a Bassett Road resident’s unlocked garage. His next-door neighbor had his birdbath, bird feeder and hanging plant, valued at $275, stolen.

No more bottles of beer
Throwing a bottle off the second floor of the Red Roof Inn earned two men a trip to jail around 1 a.m. June 8, police said.

A 34-year-old Reynoldsburg, Ohio, man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia for having a pot pipe, police said. A 32-year-old Courtland, Ohio, man was found to have a warrant from the Trumbull County sheriff and was turned over that afternoon to that agency.

Unruly boy
A 17-year-old runaway Westlake boy got into a fight with residents and employees of a Detroit Road apartment complex after being told to leave the afternoon of June 8, police said. He allegedly fought with officers while being handcuffed. Inside the police car, he kicked the rear windows and damaged a door, then threatened to shoot up the police station and kill the arresting officer and his family, police said. He also spat on the officer, according to the arrest report.

He was taken by the Westlake Fire Department to Fairview Hospital for a pre-existing condition, according to police. After allegedly spitting on the paramedics, he spat at more people at the hospital police said. He was taken to the county Juvenile Detention Center the next day. He faces charges of disorderly conduct, misidentification, resisting arrest, assault on a police officer, vandalism and menacing.

Sneakin’ a beer
A 24-year-old Mississippi man allegedly tried to steal beer from the Shell station at Crocker and Clemens roads around 2:21 a.m. June 12. Police said the suspect hid the beer in a 12-pack of pop, apparently because it’s illegal to purchase alcohol from a store after 1 a.m.

The clerk was on to him, however, and took the 12-pack away. The suspect was arrested and charged with attempted theft and disorderly conduct while intoxicated. As of Monday, he was still in Westlake City Jail, police said.



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