AKRON: On Aug. 20, suspects pried open the side door of a garage on Woodlawn Reserve Road and stole handcuffs, a bullet-proof vest, a case of pepper spray, a stun gun, a metal detector, a duty belt, ammunition, numerous weapons and miscellaneous tools.
Police made a major breakthrough in an ongoing investigation of recent robberies involving people delivering food for local restaurants. Officers responded to a call of a robbery in progress at a Brittain Road phone store Aug. 21 and stopped suspects who were fleeing the scene in a vehicle. Three people in the vehicle were arrested for robbery and police recovered a gun and money taken from the store. Following an investigation, police determined one suspect was involved in several robberies of delivery drivers in the West Akron and University of Akron areas. Officers connected the suspect to nine of the robberies and are still investigating others. Police have scheduled a meeting with business owners to discuss safety for restaurant delivery drivers Sept. 10 from 9 to 10 a.m. at First Congregational Church, 292 E. Market St.
At around 4 a.m. Aug. 22, police responded to a call of shots fired at a location on Buchtel Avenue. Officers questioned two males who were walking away from the scene and recovered a pistol. The two were arrested on charges including having weapons while under disability (due to previous felony convictions), obstructing official business, tampering with evidence and discharging a weapon within the city.
A 19-year-old Cleveland man was charged with robbery for taking money from a victim at an ATM machine in the city Aug. 23.
The driver of an ice cream truck reported Aug. 24 three males approached him to buy ice cream. When he turned to wait on them, one pointed a gun at him and demanded money. He gave them cash and all three fled.
Police charged a 35-year-old man with felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon Aug. 27. The suspect approached a man who was walking down a city street and began slashing him with a razor.
On Aug. 27, a Wadsworth man was charged with forgery and receiving stolen property after he attempted to cash a stolen check at a West Market Street store.
BATH: A Granger Road man reported Aug. 20 an ornate, porcelain vase was stolen from an unlocked storage shed on his property.
Suspects broke into a Cleveland-Massillon Road garden center the night of Aug. 21 and stole a Toro lawn mower and an Echo yard trimmer, totaling $500 in value.
A Stone Gate Boulevard man reported Aug. 22 an unknown suspect used his personal information to open a cell phone account and incur charges in his name.
Police patrolling state Route 18 Aug. 22 stopped a driver of a vehicle with expired license plates and determined she was under several license suspensions. She was charged with driving under suspension and released to Medina County deputies on outstanding warrants for driving under suspension.
The pastor of a Revere Road church called officers to investigate a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot Aug. 23. Police found the vehicle, in need of repair, with blankets covering the windows and determined the owner was homeless. The pastor told officers he had given the man permission to walk his dogs on the property, but parishioners reported he was becoming confrontational with them and he wanted the man off the property. Police advised the vehicle owner to leave and not return, and he complied.
On Aug. 23 police responded to a call of a motor vehicle accident at a Montrose grocery store. The victim told police her ankle had been injured when a customer behind her pushed a grocery cart into her foot as she stood in a checkout line.
Officers were called to a Cleveland-Massillon Road physician’s office Aug. 21 when an employee showed up for work and appeared to be intoxicated. Police determined she was under the influence of prescription drugs and alcohol. She declined transportation to a detoxification center and was released to a friend.
A Yellow Creek Road man called police when he came home Aug. 23 and found a strange woman eating cereal in his house. Officers determined she had recently been discharged from a hospital and was confused. Her family had reported her missing. The homeowner declined prosecution.
A juvenile was arrested for shoplifting merchandise worth $50 from a Montrose store. He was charged with theft and released to his parents.
COPLEY: Suspects vomited on the porch of a Jacoby Road residence Aug. 20 and stole two planters.
An Akron woman reported suspects gouged the front, back and sides of her vehicle while it was parked outside a Rothrock Road motel Aug. 20.
A Ridgewood Road man reported he heard a loud bang and tires squealing during the night Aug. 20 and woke to find a firecracker in his mailbox.
On Aug. 21, officers responded to a call that a man was putting a woman into a vehicle against her will outside a Montrose West Avenue restaurant. Officers found an unconscious woman in the back seat of a vehicle and located her male companion and mother inside. The two appeared to have been drinking and the male was uncooperative and spouting obscenities while police were attempting to investigate. The woman was transported to Akron General Medical Center and her mother was given information about where to find her. The male was arrested for disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.
Officers arrested a Wright Road man for felony domestic violence Aug. 21 after his live-in girlfriend reported he choked, beat and stomped her following an argument at their home. The suspect has a prior conviction for domestic violence.
The manager of a Medina Road car rental company reported Aug. 21 a Newcomerstown woman failed to return a vehicle, due back on Aug. 7, and filed a report for stolen vehicle.
On Aug. 22, police patrolling Interstate 77 attempted to stop a driver for a traffic violation and pursued the driver off the highway onto a traffic circle. The suspect then crashed in a Ridgewood Road driveway, where he was arrested.
Police responded to a call of a suspicious vehicle and several people cutting a tree at a Kendall Road residence Aug. 22. Officers determined the men worked for a man who told the resident he would trim the tree for $45, but he raised the price once the work began, and the woman said he was pressuring her. Officers were told one man ran from the scene and police caught up with him on a nearby golf course. He was reportedly uncooperative with officers and he was arrested for obstructing official business and released to Summit County deputies on four outstanding warrants.
A Hunt Club Drive woman reported Aug. 22 suspects poured gasoline on her car while it was in a garage that is shared by other residents.
Police arrested a man for disorderly conduct Aug. 22, after a woman reported she came out of a Medina Road restaurant and heard him cursing loudly into his cell phone. She told him to watch his mouth and he took off his shirt and approached her in an aggressive manner.
An employee of a Rothrock Road motel reported his girlfriend confronted him in the parking lot, blocked his path, spit on him and dumped water on him when he arrived at work Aug. 23.
FAIRLAWN: Detectives continue to investigate the theft of a large amount of merchandise from a cell phone store on West Market Street. According to managers, suspects stole cell phones, a Blackberry and other expensive electronic items, totaling around $3,000. There was no sign of forced entry and the merchandise was determined to be missing Aug. 18.
A Kenridge Road woman reported Aug. 20 she placed jewelry items in a cleaner on the kitchen counter and returned to find them missing. The residence was locked and there was no sign of forced entry. The items were valued at more than $6,000.
Detectives were investigating an Aug. 21 report filed by a Kenridge Road woman who said she attempted to get a loan and discovered several credit accounts had been opened in her name without her knowledge or permission.
Police responded to a call of theft from a mall store Aug. 23 and questioned a female who fit the description of one of the suspects. She was arrested on a warrant for criminal trespassing and released to Copley police.
An employee of a mall store reported Aug. 24 she went outside to take out the trash, when a male approached her and put his arm around her waist saying he wanted to be her friend. She pushed him away and said she would call police, and he left.
On Aug. 26, police found a wallet containing identification and photos in the middle of Bancroft Road. Attempts to contact the owner were unsuccessful.
NORTON: Suspects broke into a concession stand at a Greenwich Road baseball field Aug. 20 and stole candy and snacks.
A vehicle stolen from the driveway of a Clark Mill Road residence Aug. 20 was later recovered in a field by Wayne County police.
Suspects damaged 14 windows of five school buses parked near gas pumps at the Norton Local Schools District’s main campus on Cleveland-Massillon Road Aug. 21. Police found bolts, used to cause the damage, in the back of a pickup truck parked nearby. Detectives are investigating.
On Aug. 22 officers investigated a robbery at a gas station on Wadsworth Road by a male who entered and began to purchase a bottle of water and a snack. He jumped on the counter and demanded money, then grabbed cash from the register and fled in a vehicle, attempting to drive north in the southbound lanes of state Route 21. Detectives took the water and snack, which the suspect touched.
Police were called to a Wadsworth Road landfill Aug. 23 by a man who said a trailer belonging to his company was at the location. Officers determined the trailer did belong to the man’s company and it had been taken from a construction site in Montville Township. The driver of a vehicle transporting the trailer told police it belonged to his boss, who said he took it from the construction site after it had been abandoned. No charges were filed at the time.
Officers patrolling Eastern Road
the night of Aug. 23 observed a man shining a spotlight
on buildings at a business. He told police he was lost
and two strange males had damaged his windshield with
an unknown object. Officers determined he had an extensive
criminal history. During a consent search of his vehicle,
police found two empty gas cans, a crowbar and pliers.
He reportedly admitted he was looking
for gasoline to take. He was charged with attempted
theft, possession of criminal tools, criminal trespassing
and obstruction of official business.
Aug. 6, a Streetsboro Road man flagged down officers
to report a woman, who has had an ongoing dispute with
his fiancée, had been driving past their house
several times per week, honking the car horn and yelling
obscenities out the window. He said the suspect also
places unwanted calls to his fiancée’s
cell phone. Police advised the woman to stop driving
past the couple’s house and cease the phone calls.
An employee of a Wheatley Road
gas station reported Aug. 8 the driver of a long, black
hearse pulled into the gas station and said, “This
is your last ride.” Police identified the suspect
as a village resident and
advised him not to make any more such comments to the
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