Lakewood OH

Police Beats – June 8, 2011


Coffee caper
Police arrested a Fairview Park man May 26 on charges relating to his allegedly bilking an elderly Bay Village resident out of $500.

Officers said the man met with his victim at a coffee shop and convinced him to go to his bank. Once there, police said culprit convinced the man to take $500 in cash out and give it to him. However, after police investigation, the man was arrested.

Trio in trouble
Officers arrested three Cleveland residents May 25 on charges related to the theft of checks from a city resident’s home recently.

Police said after taking the checks, the trio cashed them at various Key Bank branches throughout Cuyahoga County.

DNA does it
Police arrested a Valley View man May 26 for a September burglary on Wolf Road.

Carmello Bonaiuto will face charges in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, for the alleged theft of a computer, cellphone and cash from the home on Sept. 15. Officers obtained DNA evidence left at the scene and had it analyzed.

After the information was run through the combined DNA index system, it was matched with Bonaiuto and he was arrested.


Beer bill unpaid
A Lorain Road bartender called police around midnight May 26 to report that employees of the Lorain Road establishment were chasing a patron who allegedly skipped out on a $38 bill. The patron was tracked down and apprehended by the employees, police said.

Eyewitness to robbery
Around 1 p.m. May 27, staff of Lenscrafters at Westgate reported that a man stole a large number of eyeglasses, then struggled with an employee before fleeing in a beige vehicle.

Rocky River and Westlake police later stopped the vehicle on I-90. The suspect was arrested and charged with robbery.


Patio pried open
Police are investigating a Friday incident on Gardenia Drive in which the resident left for a few hours before returning and finding the home had been burglarized.

Police said the resident left at about 6:40 p.m. and got home at about 11:30 p.m. Once there, he noted that the rear patio door was open. After going inside, he found various drawers left open and assorted rooms throughout the house ransacked. Despite the mess, the owner said nothing appeared to have been taken, with a $50 bill still sitting in the open on a dresser and computers left untouched.

Police said they were looking for possible links with a suspicious vehicle observed in the city with North Carolina plates.

Changing appraisal
A woman who told police she was speeding on her way to Akron to have a vehicle appraised is facing traffic and drug-related charges after officers said they found marijuana in the vehicle she was driving east on I-480 June 1.

Police became aware of the situation after an officer said a vehicle with dealer’s plates went speeding by him in high-speed lane. After the vehicle was stopped, police said driver was asked about the high rate of speed and she initially said she was taking it to Akron to be appraised. She later said she also had to have her husband work on it.

Police said after they noted a marijuana smell in the vehicle, they asked her permission to search it, which she declined. Officers said the smell gave them probable cause to check it, leading her to say she has an uncle who is a North Ridgeville officer. When they did, officers said, they found 13 grams in a clear plastic bag in the center console, which prompted her arrest.

Sour note
Police are investigating the theft of more than $5,000 in CDs from the vehicle of an employee at Frankie’s Pizza.

The worker told police she had parked her Grand Prix in the lot at about 4:45 p.m. and forgotten to lock it. When she came back out at 9:45 p.m., she found the vinyl case holding about 500 CDs valued at $10 each was missing. Another CD holder and visor with CDs were also taken. She said the vehicle was not taken in the theft.


The bare facts
On June 3 at about noon, police assisted officers from Westlake in locating a naked male seen running down Horseshoe Drive. The streaker apparently escaped from a local bail bondsman after having jumped bail in Minnesota for a DUI offense. He was found, still au natural and a little worse for the wear, on Melrose Circle at 3 p.m. Aside from some scratches and scrapes from getting close to nature, the man was uninjured. It was unclear as to why he was sans clothes, and he was turned over to the bail bondsman.

Wake-up call
On Sunday, June 5, residents living close to I-90 were awakened not by church bells but by a motorcycle roaring. Police clocked the speed racer at 150 mph. He was charged with reckless operation of a vehicle, and his bike was towed.

Stalking ex
A woman called police on June 5 to report that her former boyfriend was stalking her from outside of her Wagar Road home. She made a formal complaint, but there was no violence or threats reported.

Surprised thieves
An Argyle Road resident surprised two would-be thieves found rifling through a car at 1:22 a.m. on June 6. The startled duo fled without taking anything from the vehicle, and was last seen heading toward Lakewood. Police urge residents to always lock their cars, even if they are parked in a garage.


A 15-year-old Westlake boy was arrested around 10 p.m. May 27 when police responded to a disturbance near the Regal Theater at Crocker Park. Several juveniles were fighting near theater, police said, with a crowd of others watching.

As Westlake Police officers and Crocker Park security officials broke it up, the suspect refused to leave the area and shouted vulgarities, according to the incident report. When placed under arrest, the suspect struggled against being handcuffed, police said. He was charged with misconduct at an emergency, disorderly conduct while intoxicated, underage consumption, resisting arrest and carrying various weapons, as police said a folding knife was found in his pants pocket. He was released to a guardian early the next morning.

Is Charlie Sheen in town?
Neighbors in a Detroit Road apartment complex reported an altercation between a 27-year-old Westlake man and two women around 1 p.m. May 28. According to the police report, the women pepper-sprayed the man before leaving. Police said the man initially claimed that he had no idea who the two women were at his apartment, claiming they entered his apartment and demanded money.

Police said they later determined that the man had contacted an escort service for a $100 massage and that a dispute over what he was entitled to arose. The suspect, who refused treatment for the pepper spray effects, was cited for disorderly conduct.

It’s just a game
A 34-year-old Mentor woman was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct following a fracas at Dave and Buster’s the night of May 28. According to police, the woman got into a fight with other patrons over use of a game.

Police said two other persons involved in the fight – a 33-year-old Cleveland man and a 28-year-old Cleveland woman – had outstanding warrants. The Westlake city prosecutor later ruled that all three suspects will face assault charges stemming from the incident at Dave and Buster’s.

More copper missing
A Westwood Road home in foreclosure was stripped of copper plumbing May 29, police said. Entry was gained by removing a screen from a rear window the previous day, according to police. An alarm clock and DVD player were also taken. Police said they have no suspects.

Unlucky locker
A Cleveland man said he had his wallet taken while he worked out at Urban Active around noon on May 29. He said the lock had been removed from the locker he used. He is missing $200 cash, a silver money clip, five credit cards and personal papers. He contacted his bank and found that two of the credit cards had been used at seven businesses in Westlake, Avon and North Olmsted for $3,900 in illicit purchases. Police are investigating.



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