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Police Beats – June 29, 2011


Thieves’ plan scrapped
A quartet of juveniles is facing charges after a Foote Avenue resident called police about a SUV backing into the driveway of a vacant home Thursday night.

Responding officers said they found that one of juveniles was a former resident of the home and planned to sell for scrap a large piece of metal tubing officers found in the car. The juveniles, three boys and one girl, said they had taken the tubing from the high school.

Trying to nail scammers down
Detective Jay Elish asked any residents who may have been the victim of roofing scam artists in the last year to call him at 440-899-3460.

Elish said the culprits usually contract with residents for work, take substantial down payments and then don’t complete the roofing work. Elish said there is an ongoing investigation.

Flipped out
A Dover Center resident called police the night of June 22 to report her son’s flip phone was taken while at the skate park earlier in the day.


Bad trade
A woman came to the police station June 18 to say that her 53-year-old mother had traded her rented television and laptop computer for illegal drugs. Police said they gathered information in order to obtain an arrest warrant for the subject.

Troubled teens
A West 220th Street resident asked to speak to police June 19 after he said he had been threatened by teenagers who reportedly brought beer to his son’s party.

Check the jail
A guest at a local motel called police June 22 to report that his brother was missing. Police determined that the missing man had been in the custody of the Broadview Heights Police for the past four days.


Baby left alone
The prosecutor’s office is reviewing an incident in which police said a seven-month-old baby girl was left alone Friday night in an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of the CVS drug store on Lorain Road.

A passerby alerted police to the vehicle, which also had its windows down. About five minutes after an officer arrived, the mother came out, saying she had only left the baby a short time. She told officers she had gone into the store to get panty hose because she was going to a funeral and that the line had been long.

Police said she was remorseful about the incident.

Tire troubles
About 24 used tires valued at about $30 each were stolen from Jim’s Auto Service on Lorain Road sometime between June 18 and June 20.

Police said the theft took place sometime between closing on June 18 and June 20 when it reopened for business. Business workers said in addition, the thieves had apparently disposed of about 10 other tires in a trailer located in the back of the business.

Pain pills pilfered
More than 100 pain pills were apparently taken when a man left his vehicle parked at the Camelot Inn overnight June 21.

The man said he must have left a window partially down or the door unlocked because there was no damage to the vehicle despite the theft. Missing were 89 100-mg Demerol and 15 Wellbutrin tablets, and two packs of cigarettes.


Raising the roof
Police were called at 3:17 p.m. on June 25 to resolve a dispute between a Beach Cliff Boulevard homeowner and a contractor. The builder refused to leave after the homeowner expressed his dissatisfaction with the contractor. The issue was referred to civil court.

No license to thrill
A motorcycle was stopped at 9:30 p.m. on June 25, when an officer patrolling I-90 noticed that the vehicle was not displaying a license. The driver was found to be carrying the license in his pocket; however, his driver’s license had no endorsement for operating the bike. Police cited the man and towed his ride.

Brotherly love
Officers responded to a call on June 26 from River Oaks Drive at 6 p.m. Two brothers were fighting outside a home, and one was severely intoxicated. That brother was transported to Lakewood Hospital for voluntary psychiatric commitment. He will be charged following treatment.


Car hits house
A 2003 Nissan Pathfinder hit a house on Oakwood Lane around 7 p.m. June 21. Police said a 35-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter, both of whom also live on Oakwood Lane, were in the vehicle at the time of the incident. But which one was behind the wheel is a matter of dispute, police said.

Both were arrested and charged with obstructing official business after both claimed that the 17-year-old had been driving. However, police say that a witness says otherwise. The mother was also cited for failure to control a vehicle, police said.

Police had no monetary estimate of damage to the house.

Four house break-ins
Police said four homes were broken into June 21. The first was reported around 10:30 p.m. on Oakwood Lane. Someone entered the attached garage through an unlocked pedestrian door, police said. When the suspect tried to enter the laundry room from the garage by forcing the door, the resident yelled from the second floor and the culprit fled without taking anything.

The second break-in was discovered by a Southwood Drive homeowner’s son around 11 p.m. Sometime after 2:30 p.m. that day, a sliding door was forced open and the home ransacked. Jewelry is thought to be missing from the home. The homeowners were out of town when the break-in took place.

While checking the area, a patrolman discovered that the house next door had its door to the attached garage forced open. The homeowner told police that it had been intact at 10 p.m. when he went to bed. No entry was attempted to the interior of the house, police said, and nothing was missing from the garage.

Around 6 a.m. the next morning, police learned that a second Oakwood Lane home had its pedestrian door to the garage door kicked in. Nothing was taken, police said.

Police have no suspects in these burglaries, although one Oakwood Lane resident reported seeing two younger men walk between her house and her neighbor’s around 10 p.m. June 21. The two men were described as wearing all black, including hooded sweatshirts, police said.

Another GPS unit missing
A $300 GPS unit was taken from a 2011 Mazda while it was parked near Regal Cinema at Crocker Park the night of June 22. The front passenger window was broken in the commission of the crime, police said.

Slap breaks glasses
A 54-year-old Strawberry Lane man was arrested and charged with domestic violence after allegedly slapping his 50-year-old wife in the face around 10 p.m. June 23.

According to police, both had been drinking and argued over an issue with a relative of the husband’s. The alleged slapping broke the woman’s eyeglasses, police said.

The husband was released on his own recognizance June 24 and a protection order was issued, police said.

An Illinois woman staying at a Sperry Drive hotel had her $1,400 Apple laptop computer stolen from her 2004 Lexus 330 between 2 and 4 a.m. June 24. The culprit broke the passenger-side rear window to get it, police said.

Locked or unlocked?
An 18-year-old Rocky River man was arrested for several offenses after witnesses reportedly saw him checking the doors of a car parked at a Fitzroy Street home around 1:30 p.m. June 26. After being spotted by the car’s owner, the suspect fled from the scene in his own vehicle at a high speed, police said. Officers stopped him on Cobblestone Drive.

According to police, marijuana and a scale were found in his car. The man was charged with criminal trespassing, vehicle trespassing, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, willful-wanton disregard of safety for the high-speed chase and failure to wear a seat belt. He was released on his own recognizance later that evening.

Police said they later determined that his 16-year-old sister was also involved in the incident. She will face charges of complicity to commit vehicle trespassing and to commit criminal trespassing in juvenile court.



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