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West Side Neighborhood Watch

10/3/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 400 block of West Market Street Sept. 20; the 1100 block of Stoner Street Sept. 25; the 1600 block of Canyon Parkway Sept. 26; the 1500 block of Peckham Street Sept. 26; the 800 block of Roslyn Avenue Sept. 26; the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard Sept. 26; the 1500 block of Peckham Street Sept. 27; the 100 block of Oakdale Avenue Sept. 28; the 1500 block of Peckham Street Sept. 28; the 1400 block of Edgemoor Avenue Sept. 29; the 2100 block of West Market Street Sept. 29; the 400 block of Woodland Avenue Sept. 29; and the 800 block of Nome Avenue Sept. 30.

The Akron Police Department (APD) Detective Bureau is asking for the public’s assistance identifying the individual shown in the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JIPajtOOQs depicting an aggravated burglary that took place Aug. 29 at the Pizza Hut restaurant located at 1591 Copley Road. The suspect — a black male between 33 and 37 years old, 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 170 to 185 pounds, wearing a blue sweatshirt with a gray windbreaker — entered the restaurant brandishing a handgun and stole money, according to APD officials. To provide information about the crime, call 330-375-2490 or leave a tip at www.akroncops.org.

A 33-year-old Wadsworth man was charged with possession of heroin, tampering with evidence, littering, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug abuse instruments Sept. 24. The man, who was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at Copley Road and St. Michaels Avenue, allegedly threw a heroin needle and spoon out the window when officers approached.

On Sept. 24, a 57-year-old Bye Street man was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of crack, having weapons while under disability and possession of marijuana. He was stopped for a traffic violation in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard, and while officers were patting him down, he admitted to having crack in his pocket, according to the police report. He also reportedly had an AK-47 assault rifle and MAC-11 machine pistol in the car.

On Sept. 26, a 23-year-old Bellevue Avenue man was charged with willful fleeing, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, having weapons under disability, obstructing official business and receiving stolen property. Officers attempted to stop the man for driving under suspension, and he led officers on a chase through West Akron neighborhoods, according to APD officials. Then, after a brief foot chase, the man was apprehended. The man had a loaded .22 caliber pistol in the car, according to the police report.

Officers went to a gas station in the 1300 block of Vernon Odom Boulevard Sept. 26 after a witness called 9-1-1 to report seeing someone exiting the business through a broken window. While checking the area, officers found a 19-year-old Fess Avenue man who matched the description given by the witness. The man had a portable music player and cell phone in his possession, and he admitted to breaking into the business to steal the items, according to officers. The business’ manager recognized the man as a frequent customer, the items were returned, and prosecution was declined, according to the police report.

Four male residents and a Stow woman were victims of an aggravated robbery in the 1600 block of Canyon Parkway Sept. 26. Two males entered the residence through an unlocked rear patio door carrying a shotgun and crowbar and asked for the victims’ money, according to the police report. Two of the male victims were made to lie on the floor with zip ties securing their hands behind their backs, the report stated. The suspects allegedly took $10 from the dining room table before they left in a dark-colored SUV, according to the police report.

Employees at the Akron School of Practical Nursing, located at 1532 Peckham Street, reported breaking and entering crimes Sept. 26, Sept. 27 and Sept. 28. On Sept. 26, between 6 and 7 p.m., a custodian reported he observed an unknown male in the building but nothing seemed to be missing. The next day, between 7 and 8 p.m., a building security officer reported an eastern classroom window had been broken and various items thrown around, but nothing of value appeared to be missing. Between Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. the next day, another window was broken and a classroom was ransacked on the western side of the building, but it was unknown whether anything was stolen, according to building security.

Officers recovered 1.2 grams of heroin Sept. 27 from a 26-year-old Delia Avenue man stopped for a vehicle violation near his residence. He was charged with possession of the drug.

On Sept. 28, a 35-year-old Westwood Avenue man was charged with felonious assault and tampering with evidence. The previous day, the man allegedly shot two victims in East Akron and fled the scene on foot. When apprehended by officers, the man did not have the gun and would not reveal its location, according to officers.

Officers charged a 23-year-old Seward Avenue man, along with a 21-year-old Goodyear Heights man, with drug abuse (crack) Sept. 27 after they were called to investigate two suspicious males in a vehicle. Officers recovered drugs under the Seward Avenue man’s seat. The Goodyear Heights man, who was in the driver’s seat, was additionally charged with failure to disclose a firearm because he failed to tell officers he had a gun, even though he had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, according to the police report.

A 24-year-old Bloomfield Avenue man was charged with receiving stolen property and adult curfew Sept. 27. He was stopped at South Rhodes Avenue and Lillian Street for a traffic violation, and he had a juvenile in his car after curfew, according to APD officials. While officers were towing the  car, they found stolen merchandise inside, according to officers.

A 31-year-old Bellevue Avenue man, a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation in the 1200 block of Diagonal Road, was charged with drug abuse Sept. 28. Officers recovered Ecstasy after they observed the man attempting to hide the pills in the hood of his sweatshirt, according to APD officials.

Someone used a large rock to break the glass of the front window of a home in the 2100 block of West Market Street Sept. 29, rummaged through the house and stole an unknown amount of costume jewelry, according to the police report. A real estate agent arrived at the house with a client for a showing and noticed the front door was open, according to the report. She said she spoke with a man emerging from the back of the house, who stated he was the caretaker and checking on the house. The man then jumped onto a black mountain bike and fled the scene, according to the police report. The real caretaker, a Green man, was contacted about the incident.

BATH: On Sept. 22, officers arrested a woman for theft of merchandise from a Medina Road clothing store. She was charged with theft and released with a court summons.

Police were called to a Montrose clothing store Sept. 22, when employees reported a female concealed merchandise in her purse and left the store without paying. When confronted outside the store, she fled on foot, but police apprehended her a short distance away. She was arrested for theft and possession of criminal tools after police determined her purse was lined with duct tape. A second person who reportedly took items left the parking lot in a vehicle, and he was stopped and arrested for driving under suspension. Police found merchandise stolen from other area stores in the vehicle.

Employees of a Medina Road clothing store reported a shoplifter in the store Sept. 22. Police located the person, who said an unknown female handed him a bag containing store merchandise. He was arrested for theft and released with a court summons, and the merchandise was returned to the store.

Also on that day, police were seeking the person who used a rock to smash the window of a vehicle awaiting repairs outside a North Cleveland-Massillon Road automotive business.

The mother of a student in the Revere Local School District reported her child had been bullied at school and she assumed the matter had been resolved, but she learned Sept. 23 that the bully asked another student where he could obtain a gun. Police addressed the matter immediately and determined no threats had been made, according to the police report.

A motorist on North Cleveland-Massillon Road Sept. 23 reported another driver cut in front of her and she blew the horn at him. He stopped his vehicle and yelled at her, then drove very slowly in front of her, tapping his vehicle brakes. She passed him and drove to a gas station, and he followed her. When she got out of her vehicle, the man pulled his vehicle up beside her, yelled at her, slammed her vehicle door and drove off.

On Sept. 25, a Spring Valley Drive woman reported someone shot her cat with a pellet gun. She said this is the second such occurrence in her neighborhood.

Police shot and killed an injured deer in front of a Bath Road residence Sept. 25.

COPLEY: Police patrolling Rothrock Road Sept. 14 observed two people sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of a motel for an extended period of time and investigated. A male in the vehicle admitted he was the owner of marijuana and a drug pipe found in the vehicle, and he was arrested for their possession and released with a court summons.

Following a registration check of a vehicle on Medina Road Sept. 14, police charged the driver with possession of marijuana and released her with a court summons.

Friends of a woman staying at a Montrose West Avenue hotel requested that police check on her welfare after they were unable to contact her in her room Sept. 15. With the help of the hotel manager, police gained access to the room and found the victim unconscious. Officers called EMS to transport her to a hospital.

Employees of a Rothrock Road hotel reported Sept. 15 a suspicious male entered the hotel several times and threatened them. The man and a female reportedly fled in a vehicle before police arrived. Bath police assisted officers in stopping the vehicle. The female driver was charged with driving under suspension. The male passenger admitted going into the hotel, but denied making threats. Police interviewed the victims and signed a warrant for his arrest.

A Cloverfield Drive woman reported she returned from dropping her children off at school the morning of Sept. 16 to find the frame and lock on her side garage door was broken. No entry was gained due to a deadbolt on the door.

Detectives investigated a Sept. 16 report of assault of an employee by the manager of a Montrose restaurant.

A Copley High School football player reported his iPhone 5 was stolen during a game at the school Sept. 16.

The owner of a South Cleveland-Massillon Road lumber company reported Sept. 16 a former employee has been calling employees and making suspicious statements about the business.

Also on that day, an employee of a Montrose specialty store reported a woman returned items she did not purchase and received a refund. She reportedly did the same thing at the store and others in the chain on previous occasions.

An employee of a Medina Road restaurant reported her car window was broken between 5 and 9 p.m. Sept. 17 and her purse was stolen.

Police investigated the burglary of a Rothrock Road motel Sept. 18, when a manager reported he arrived at work to find that someone had broken into the business.

An employee of a Springside Drive restaurant reported Sept. 18 her car window was broken between 3 and 7 p.m. and her purse stolen. Police were seeking video footage of the incident.

An employee of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported the window of her vehicle was smashed on the same day between 4 and 10 p.m. and her purse stolen.

On Sept. 18, police investigated the burglary of a Heritage Woods Drive senior facility, where a manager reported she arrived at work to find her office and a safe had been broken into and cash had been stolen. Money also was missing from a locked box in another office. The facility director said she found the window in her office open and items on a windowsill below the window knocked over.

A Glenhaven Avenue woman reported Sept. 18 someone with a pellet gun shot out her window. She said the suspect was in a black vehicle with three other occupants, and he had been shooting at children in front of her residence. The suspects fled before police arrived, and police interviewed witnesses and the victims. One child had been shot in the foot, but his shoe prevented injury. None of the others were injured. The caller said her boyfriend followed the suspects to an Akron gas station. Akron police were alerted, and they detained the suspects until Copley police officers arrived at the station. The driver of the vehicle and the shooter were arrested and released to their parents. The gun was confiscated.

An employee of a Rothrock Road restaurant and gift shop reported Sept. 18 a woman walked into the store, placed four candles in her pocket and headed for the door. When the employee asked if she could help her, the woman said she could not find what she was seeking and left the store. Her image and vehicle license plate number were captured on video surveillance footage, and the restaurant manager said charges would be declined, but wanted the woman informed that she is banned from the business.

FAIRLAWN: Following a registration check of a vehicle in a West Market Street parking lot Sept. 25, police arrested an Akron man on a warrant and released him to the Barberton Police Department.

Employees of a mall department store reported Sept. 25 a woman entered a fitting room with five items and emerged with two. Employees checked the fitting room but did not locate the other items. The woman left the store without paying for the items, worth $360, which she reportedly had concealed in her purse. She was apprehended outside the store, charged with theft and banned from the store.

On Sept. 25, a man reported his juvenile son went to Croghan Park at 4:30 p.m., placed his bag on a picnic table and went to play basketball. When he returned, he found that his iPod had been stolen from his bag.

A Grayling Road man reported Sept. 25 his vehicle had been parked outside his home, and he found the vehicle door ajar and his GPS unit and two cups of change missing from the console.

At 4:45 p.m. Sept. 27, police responded to a bomb threat at a West Market Street bank, where an employee reported a male phoned her direct line and said, “I placed a bomb inside your building,” then hung up the phone. Customers and employees were evacuated while police and two managers searched the premises. When they found nothing suspicious, employees were permitted to return. Officers are investigating the source of the threat.

Police patrolling West Market Street Sept. 28 stopped a driver of a vehicle with a loud muffler at the intersection of Trunko Road. He was charged with driving under suspension, having illegal license plates and released to the Wadsworth Police Department on a warrant.

NORTON: A Wadsworth Road woman reported Sept. 19 a $1,500 homemade trailer was stolen from her driveway between 6:30 and 8 p.m.

Police were called to a Watkins Road residence Sept. 20, when a woman reported her mother, who had been told to stay off her property, was at her residence. Police arrested her for aggravated trespassing and having an open container of liquor in a vehicle.

Officers went to a 31st Street motel following a request by a woman to check on the welfare of her sister. Police found her sister and her children in good condition an arrested her on a Summit County warrant. Her children were released to her adult son.

A Mount Vernon Boulevard man reported Sept. 22 someone used his debit card to make a $460 purchase in Florida.

The owner of a Wadsworth Road business reported Sept. 23 someone had been throwing nails and screws on his property in order to damage his trucks. He said the person has been trespassing to scatter the items farther into his property.

On Sept. 24, a Dutt Road man reported he used his credit card to purchase food at an Akron restaurant, and the following day someone used the numbers to purchase seven music downloads.

A Glenbrook Drive woman reported Sept. 24 her daughter used her credit card to purchase gift cards totaling $9,000, which her daughter exchanged for drugs.

Police investigated burglary of an Oser Road residence Sept. 24, when someone entered through an unlocked family room window and stole $1,360 cash and jewelry items worth $2,650 from bedrooms.

A Norton Avenue man reported Sept. 24 someone entered his residence, probably through an open window, and stole a medical alert device, charger and prescription drugs.

Officers investigated a report of burglary at a Hametown Road residence Sept. 26, when someone entered the residence through a front window and stole a jewelry box containing diamond, ruby, sapphire, garnet, amethyst and pearl rings and other jewelry items. Police confiscated a latex glove left behind.

A Brookfield Drive woman reported Sept. 27 her son came home from school to find two video game consoles, miscellaneous accessories and 20 video games were missing. The resident discovered her rear sliding door and a gate outside the property were open.

RICHFIELD: The morning of Sept. 20, a guest at a Brecksville Road hotel reported his car was scratched while it was parked in the lot the previous night.

A Far O Way Lane woman reported the morning of Sept. 20 she noticed a pellet gun hole in the rear window of her vehicle, which had been parked along Alger Road the previous night due to road repairs near her residence.

Also on that day, an Amelia Drive woman reported two steel loading ramps were stolen from a barn on her property. She said she was selling the items and had advertised them on a message board in her workplace.

Police responded to a report from a woman who said she locked her keys in her car, along with her infant child, while she was attempting to flee from a fight with her boyfriend at their hotel on Brecksville Road Sept. 22. Police unlocked the vehicle and retrieved the infant. The female said her boyfriend choked her after she knocked his hat off. He denied choking her and said she struck him. Due to conflicting information, no charges were filed. The female agreed to take the male and his two children to their home in Lima.

Officers responded to a Brecksville Road travel center Sept. 24 after a truck driver reported his vehicle was parked in a space and he was asleep in the cab when the driver of another tractor-trailer struck his vehicle while backing into a parking space, damaging the front grille, bumper and fender. Police gathered information from the truckers, who were from Iowa and Nebraska, and filed a report.

Also on that day, police investigated the burglary of a Roberts Drive residence where a resident reported he came home around 1 p.m. to find a screen had been cut from a rear window, which had been forced open. Officers found pry marks on the window frame and a crowbar lying on the ground. Police determined the crowbar belonged to a neighbor and interviewed his son, who admitted he broke into the residence and stole prescription drugs. He was charged with burglary and held on outstanding warrants from the Medina County Sheriff’s Office.

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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