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West Side Neighborhood Watch

3/21/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 1600 block of Diagonal Road between March 8 and 11; the 300 block of South Portage Path between March 8 and 11; the 1400 block of Westvale Avenue between March 9 and 11; the 900 block of Whittier Avenue March 10; the 200 block of West Center Street March 11; the 100 block of Bittman Street March 16; the 1300 block of Copley Road March 16; and the 2200 block of Thurmont Road March 16.

A 49-year-old Artman Avenue man was charged with breaking and entering, possession of criminal tools and drug paraphernalia March 14. According to police officers, the man was found inside a vacant house on the 900 block of Haynes Street with a crack pipe, screwdriver and wire cutters.

Also March 14, burglary charges were filed against an 18-year-old Noah Avenue man. The man allegedly entered a home in Goodyear Heights and took property June 17, 2012.

A cell phone store in the 100 block of North Hawkins Avenue was robbed at gunpoint March 14 shortly after 5 p.m. The employees reported the suspect entered the store armed with a handgun and demanded money. One employee emptied the cash register into a black-and-white striped plastic bag the suspect was carrying. The suspect then demanded the employee take him to the safe in the back room, where two other employees were ordered to lay on the floor. The suspect then took money and cell phones before fleeing the store. No injuries were reported. The suspect is a black male, 24 to 26 years old, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, between 160 and 180 pounds, with black hair and a goatee. He was reportedly wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and dark blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Akron Police Department at 330-375-2552.

Officers charged a 21-year-old Hillwood Drive man with theft, criminal tools and misrepresentation March 15 after he allegedly stole items from Chapel Hill Mall worth $1,400.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on a rape warrant from a public housing complex in the 500 block of Diagonal Boulevard March 15. According to the police report, the man was banned from the property twice last year.

On March 16 around 1 a.m., three teenagers broke into a sub shop in the 1300 block of Copley Road. According to the report, the teens used a rock and broke out a window on the east side of the building. Responding officers reported they arrested two 14-year-olds and one 15-year-old boy. Nothing was reported taken at the time. The boys were charged with breaking and entering and curfew and placed in the custody of the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

A man and two women inside a second-floor apartment in the 100 block of Bittman Road March 16 reported three unknown people forced their way inside. According to the police report, all three wore black hooded sweatshirts and black ski masks, had guns and demanded to know where “he” was. A victim stated that when they realized the person they were looking for was not at the apartment, they left and did not take anything.

A 2009 Nissan Rogue was reported stolen from a gas station in the 400 block of West Market Street March 17. The vehicle’s owner stated her car was left running while she was parked in the gas station parking lot, and she turned around to find it missing.

On March 18 around 12:30 p.m., a discount store in the 1000 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard was robbed, resulting in the arrest of a 28-year-old Copley Road man. Employees of the store reported the man entered the store armed with a handgun, demanded money from the cash register and ordered all of the employees to go to the back of the store. One of the clerks was able to call the police while the suspect was demanding another employee to open the safe. When the man observed the responding officers, he fled out a rear door. After a brief foot chase, the man was apprehended in the 1300 block of Dover Avenue with a loaded .44-caliber revolver in his possession. He was charged with aggravated robbery, kidnapping, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon while under disability. He was booked into the Summit County Jail.

A 29-year-old Chapel Hill man was charged with weapons under disability, vandalism, aggravated menacing and discharging a firearm March 19. Officers reported they heard shots fired near the area of Bittman and Maple streets, and a vehicle was located in the 300 block of Crestwood Avenue with four shots fired into it.

BATH: On March 7, a Derrwood Drive woman reported 15 watches were taken from a dresser drawer in her home in February and March. Police advised her to provide a list of people who had been in the residence during the time frame. She called back later to say she found the watches in another area of the residence.

Police patrolling West Market Street at 2:20 a.m. March 9 stopped the driver of a vehicle with no headlights. He admitted he drank several beers, appeared intoxicated, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI and released with a court summons.

An Aegean Road woman reported March 9 her credit card numbers were used to make an unauthorized purchase totaling $1,316.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on South Cleveland-Massillon Road March 10, police determined the vehicle owner was wanted on a felony warrant and stopped the driver. He was not the owner of the vehicle, but he was arrested for driving under suspension and driven to his workplace, where police contacted the vehicle owner, arrested him on the warrant and released him to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

An Olentangy Drive resident reported March 10 a storm door was damaged in an attempt to enter the residence. Police determined the damage occurred on a previous occasion.

On March 12, police had a vehicle connected with an earlier criminal report towed from a Copley parking lot, and officers obtained a warrant to search the vehicle.

Around 3 a.m. March 12, officers observed a driver sitting behind the steering wheel of a vehicle parked along Sourek Road. When he exited the vehicle and began walking toward police, they noticed he appeared to be intoxicated. He failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .135. He was arrested for DUI and driven to his home.

An Ira Road man reported he received a suspicious call March 13 from a man who said he had won $10.5 million. The man told the caller he was going to call police, and the caller cursed at him and hung up. When he attempted to call the phone number back, there was a busy signal.

Police confiscated counterfeit $20 bills passed at a Montrose gas station and a restaurant across the street from the station March 14. The bills were forwarded to the U.S. Secret Service.

Officers were called to the parking lot of a Medina Road hotel March 15 when a man was reportedly pulling on the doors of vehicles. Police located the suspect, and he was charged with criminal mischief and driven to the Copley motel where he was staying.

COPLEY: A Brenner Road couple reported someone in Michigan made four unauthorized withdrawals totaling $178 from their checking account between March 3 and 8.

Akron police arrested an Akron man on a Copley Police Department warrant for theft March 7. When the Barberton Jail refused to take the man due to his medication issues, police charged him and released him with a new court date.

A Lakeland Avenue man reported March 7 that medication was stolen from a nightstand in his residence while a technician was working on his furnace.

An employee of a White Pond Drive college reported her wallet was stolen from her purse, which was inside a cabinet in her office. The theft occurred while she attended a meeting between 3:30 and 4:45 p.m. March 8.

A Barberton man arrested by Akron police officers on a Copley warrant for assault March 8 was charged and released on $585 bond.

On March 8, police responded to a report of a burglary in progress at a Hammond Boulevard residence. Officers were advised the homeowner was not there and there should be no one inside the residence. Police knocked on the front door and observed a male hiding inside and refusing to come to the door. Additional officers responded, and the male, who ran out the back door, was apprehended, handcuffed and placed in a cruiser. Police saw a second male running through the residence and located him hiding in the attic. He was identified as the nephew of the homeowner and did not have permission to be in the residence. Both males were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia found in the residence. They also were charged with felony possession of narcotic tablets also found at the scene. The second male was additionally charged with obstruction of official business and resisting arrest. Both were taken to the Summit County Jail.

A customer of a Brookwall Drive restaurant reported March 9 an unknown white female was driving a white, four-door hatchback vehicle when she struck his vehicle in the parking lot and left the scene.

The night of March 9, an employee of a Montrose West Avenue steakhouse reported extensive damage was caused to his vehicle during a break-in. Nothing was reported missing from the vehicle. The following night, police responded to the same parking lot where an employee reported someone broke into his vehicle while he worked. While police were investigating, a female employee discovered her vehicle also had been broken into. Nothing was reported missing from either vehicle.

Someone used a tool to break into a vehicle outside a Montrose movie theater March 9. Nothing was reported missing.

Police were called to a White Pond Drive residence March 9 when a man reported a family member, who had been evicted and had no permission to be there, was at the home and refused to leave. Police arrested the woman, who had been advised by the homeowner and police that she was not permitted on the property. She was charged with criminal trespassing and released to EMS to be transported to a hospital for evaluation of a medical problem.

Officers responded to a report that a vehicle was in the yard of a Summit Road residence March 10 and found the property owner standing in the street with the driver, who was unsteady on his feet and appeared intoxicated. The Copley man failed a field sobriety test, and his BAC tested .193. He was charged with DUI and driven to his home.

FAIRLAWN: A suspected shoplifter was stopped as he drove away from a mall department store March 8. He admitted he had been banned from the store last June, and police recovered stolen merchandise from the vehicle. The Akron man was charged with theft and criminal trespassing and again banned from the store.

A Rosemont Boulevard resident reported March 9 someone cut the lock off a storage area in her building and stole a set of luggage.

Employees of a West Market Street grocery store reported March 9 a woman loaded six vegetable juicers into a shopping cart and pushed it past the check-out lanes without paying for them. She loaded the merchandise into the passenger side of a blue SUV, which was driven by another person, who drove west on Market Street.

Police are investigating a March 11 report filed by the chairman of an Embassy Parkway company who stated three fraudulent checks bearing the company’s name and checking account numbers were cashed in Georgia, Texas and Kentucky. Each of the checks was forged and cashed for $1,952.

An employee of a North Cleveland-Massillon Road nursing facility reported March 12 her cell phone was stolen from her office. She had a friend send a text message asking for the return of the phone, and a response was returned stating, “I need the money, baby. I’m in Wooster now.” Police are investigating.

Around 4 p.m. March 12, officers investigated the theft of a spare tire and rim from the rear of a Jeep parked in a mall lot.

Security agents at a mall department store observed a man shoplifting items March 13 and determined he had been banned from the store. Police stopped the Akron man as he left the store, retrieved $229 in merchandise from a bag he was carrying, arrested him for theft and criminal trespassing and released him to the Jackson Township Police Department on a warrant.

An employee of a Montrose pet store reported the spare tire and rim were stolen from the rear of her Jeep Wrangler while it was parked outside her workplace between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 13.

The owner of a Morewood Road residence reported March 15 she allowed her brother to stay at the residence and his friends stole items from her mother’s estate. A female reportedly pawned a diamond ring at an Akron shop. Police put a hold on the ring at the shop, and the female was charged with felony theft. A male friend was charged with misdemeanor theft of other items.

A Copley man who threw a can out the window of a vehicle when he was stopped for a traffic violation on Ghent Road March 15 told officers it was a can of iced tea. Police determined it was a can of beer, and he admitted he had been drinking beer in the vehicle. He was charged with underage drinking, littering and having an open container of beer in a vehicle.

NORTON: The manager of a Wadsworth Road business reported March 8 a former employee called him and left a threatening voice message. Police contacted the man, who admitted making the call after he was fired from the business. He was advised to have no contact with the victim or the business, and he agreed to comply.

A Brooklawn Drive man reported March 8 he received a call from a man who claimed to work for Microsoft and said he was offering a computer protection plan for a nominal fee. He provided a phone number for the victim to call to verify his employment, and a man with a foreign accent answered the call and said the caller did work for Microsoft. The victim provided his debit card information, and the caller told him not to use his computer for four hours so the updates could be made. He called his bank and learned an unauthorized withdrawal of $297 had been taken from his account. He stopped the transaction.

A Columbia Avenue woman reported theft by deception March 9, when her mother took her state-issued food debit card without her permission. When she took the card back, her mother called the issuing agency, posed as her and had the card cancelled. She ordered another card to be sent to her address.   

Police responded to a hang-up 9-1-1 call at a Summit Road address March 10 and spoke to an intoxicated woman who said she did not call police. She later admitted she did call and that she and her husband had been arguing. Both parties stated the argument was not physical, and they were advised to separate for the night.

A man staying at a Greenwich Road motel reported March 10 a $150 mountain bike he uses as transportation for work was stolen. A witness told police the previous day he saw a Wadsworth man ride the bike from the property. Police interviewed the person, who denied taking the bike.

A Houston Road woman was charged with violation of the city’s open burning laws March 10 after she was found burning yard trash and cardboard and caught a field on fire. The fire, which spread quickly due to the wind, burned property owned by a Wadsworth Road man. Firefighters from Copley, Barberton and Norton controlled the blaze and extinguished it before any structures caught fire.

A motorist on Interstate 76 reported March 11 part of a drive shaft that came off a tractor-trailer struck and damaged his vehicle. Both drivers were advised to call their insurance companies.

An Akron woman reported she went to a Columbia Woods Drive apartment March 12 to retrieve her belongings from her ex-boyfriend’s residence and he assaulted her. The male denied assaulting her and said he was sleeping when she entered and that she has no permission to be there. Due to conflicting information, the parties were advised to contact the prosecutor’s office and to have no contact with each other. The female was advised not to go to the male’s residence again.

On March 12, a Norton man surrendered to police on three warrants issued by Summit and Wayne sheriff’s offices. He was released to Summit County deputies.

RICHFIELD: On March 1, police investigated a report by the manager of a Henry Road freight facility who stated an employee was involved in theft of merchandise from the company.

Police patrolling Brush Road the morning of March 6 found a vehicle in a ditch and determined it had struck a tree and the driver’s and passenger’s air bags had deployed. There was no one at the scene and officers began looking for the occupants, who arrived in a tow truck. One female told police she had been driving, swerved to miss a deer and drove off the road. She denied drinking, but exhibited signs of intoxication. She failed a field sobriety test and at the police station, her BAC tested .113. She was charged with DUI and released when the passenger paid her $400 bond. The passenger was charged with underage drinking when her BAC tested .110. She was reportedly uncooperative with officers and was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a barbiturate found in her purse.

Officers went to a Brecksville Road residence March 7 to check the welfare of a woman whose relative advised police that she was planning to harm herself. The woman said she was never planning to harm herself, and EMS determined she did not need to be transported for an evaluation. Police checked the welfare of her children and determined there was no cause for further investigation.

An employee of a Highlander Parkway business reported March 7 she received four calls on her cell phone and one call at her place of business from a suspicious male who said she owed a debt and he is coming to collect it. He named a bank, to whom she supposedly owed the money, and she confirmed with the bank that she has no debt at that bank and they were not aware of the call. Police advised her to complete a written report, including phone numbers from the caller, and provide it to them for an investigation.

At 2:30 a.m. March 8, police responded to a report of assault at a Streetsboro Road bar, where a patron said an unknown person assaulted him. Officers investigated and determined the male had been causing a disturbance in the bar, annoying other patrons, and was asked to leave. When he attempted to return, some patrons shoved him back out of the bar. No one was certain which patrons were involved in the incident.

The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.

Editor’s note: The police reports provided here are a sampling of those filed with each community’s police departments. For questions related to the reports we’ve included or others we have not, call the West Side Leader at 330-665-9595. To provide information on an alleged criminal act noted in this week’s report, call the local police department.

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