West Side Neighborhood Watch
WEST AKRON: Burglaries were reported at the following locations: the 500 block of Treeside Drive Oct. 9; the 200 block of West North Street Oct. 10; the 500 block of Bacon Avenue Oct. 11; the 10 block of South Highland Avenue Oct. 11; the 700 block of Crosby Street Oct. 12; the 100 block of Eastgay Drive Oct. 13; and the 500 block of Kling Street Oct. 14.
A 65-year-old Delia Avenue man was charged with possession of and trafficking in drugs Oct. 8. The man was observed in a drug transaction in a parking lot in the Goodyear Heights neighborhood off Darrow Road. He told officers he just sold a pill. While inventorying his car, officers found numerous pills inside the car. The man also had more than $3,000 in cash.
A 40-year-old Orlando Avenue man was charged with willful fleeing, possession of marijuana, possession of crack/cocaine and obstructing official business Oct. 10. Officers attempted a traffic stop at Lovers Lane and Brown Street in South Akron, and the man led them on a chase ending when the man crashed his vehicle in the backyard of a house on Inman Street. The man ran from the vehicle and was apprehended after a brief foot chase. Officers found drugs in his pocket and inside his vehicle.
A 31-year-old Mercer Avenue man was charged with drug abuse (Ecstasy) Oct. 10 after being seen leaving a known drug area driving on a suspended license. When officers patted him down, they found a white powdery substance wrapped in a piece of paper, which tested positive for the drug.
On Oct. 11, around 12:30 a.m., officers attempted to stop a 37-year-old Barberton man for a traffic violation at Euclid and East avenues, but as officers approached the vehicle on foot, the man put the car into gear and drove away. A short time later, the driver lost control and crashed into a house in the 1000 block of Diagonal Road, and he was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged with willful fleeing and having an open container of liquor in a motor vehicle and booked into the Summit County Jail.
Police charged a South College Street man with having an open container of alcohol in a moving vehicle and failure to comply with police orders Oct. 11. The man had been stopped for a traffic violation, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed as police approached, running a flashing red light, and then losing control of the vehicle and crashing into a house at 1037 Diagonal Ave. He tried to flee but was arrested without incident.
The rear windshield of a vehicle parked on North Rose Boulevard was broken Oct. 11.
Also on that day, a MacBook laptop was stolen from an unlocked vehicle on Grant Street.
An Oak Glen Court property owner reported Oct. 11 that someone is attempting to collect rent on the home while it is on the market for sale.
A Cordova Avenue woman reported two unknown women approached her Oct. 11 and called her names. She called one of them out to fight, and both came at her and one had a box cutter. During the fight, she was cut and required 16 stitches.
Two Rentar Lane women were arrested Oct. 13 and charged with robbery after police determined they were the two who beat and robbed a Cleveland woman of her purse, containing a cell phone, credit card, Social Security card and birth certificate, while she was at a Wildwood Avenue and Baughman Street location. Police found the purse at the women’s home, but the card and birth certificate were missing.
BATH: Revere Middle School officials called police Oct. 3, when they suspected a student was under the influence of alcohol. After the student failed a field sobriety test and his BAC tested .1, he allegedly admitted drinking vodka the previous night, and he was charged with underage drinking and released to his father.
Police responded to a motorcycle accident Oct. 4 on Tanager Road involving a juvenile who did not have a driver’s license and had crashed. The previous day, police had been called to the same location when the juvenile reportedly took his parents’ vehicle from their driveway without their permission and drove it on the street. At that time, he was warned regarding driving without a license. At the accident scene, the juvenile was charged with multiple traffic violations.
On Oct. 5, a Ghent Road man reported he lost $800 by responding to a scam involving a house advertised for rent on Craigslist. He said he responded to the ad and was told to wire $400 for a security deposit and $400 for the first month’s rent, which he did. When he was asked to wire more money, he went to the house and found a note on the front door stating the house was not for rent, and he learned the suspect who advertised the house for rent did not own or have any connection to the house.
Employees of a Montrose cosmetics store reported Oct. 6 two females concealed items and left the store without paying for them. They described the women and their vehicle, and Copley police stopped them as they drove away. The women reportedly admitted stealing the items, which were recovered from the vehicle. They were charged with theft and each was released with a court summons.
A woman flagged down officers in the parking lot of a Medina Road bookstore at 3 a.m. Oct. 6 to report she saw a male conceal something under his shirt and walk around the building to a nearby pub. Police located the male in a vehicle with two other occupants in front of a closed grocery store. The two told police they knew the male but he had not been with them. The driver gave consent to search the vehicle and police found a can of beer under a seat. The male said he purchased it at a nearby gas station, but officers were aware he could not have purchased it after the 1 a.m. cut-off time for the sale of alcohol. The clerk said he did not sell it to him, nor did he see the male conceal it. After the male was released, police obtained video surveillance from the gas station and saw him conceal the beer. A warrant was issued for his arrest for theft.
Police investigated the burglary of a Ghent Hills Road residence Oct. 7, when someone entered the home through an unlocked back door and stole numerous jewelry, other items and cash by placing the items into a pillowcase.
On Oct. 9, police shot and killed an injured deer behind a residence on North Cleveland-Massillon Road.
A San Moritz Drive man reported Oct. 9 he attempted to sell a boat by advertising it on Craigslist. A prospective buyer contacted him, but he had a feeling the person was attempting to pull a scam and told him the deal was off. The following day, he received a text message stating a hit man had been hired to kill him and instructing him to wire money to the buyer in order to stop the threat. Police attempted to call the buyer at the number displayed on the victim’s phone, but there was no answer. They advised the victim to send a text message telling the suspect that he had filed a police report and to stop contacting him.
A Medina Line Road woman reported Oct. 10 she advertised a furniture item for sale on Craigslist and she received a message from a prospective buyer and a check for an amount that far exceeded the sale price of the item, along with instructions to wire the excess funds back. When she refused to do so, all communication with the supposed buyer stopped.
Following a registration check of a license plate on a vehicle in a Medina Road parking lot Oct. 11, police arrested a man on a felony warrant and took him to the Summit County Jail to await pick-up by Lorain County sheriff’s deputies.
Police were called to a Medina Road restaurant Oct. 11 when a man reported his wallet was stolen and he later found it in a restroom and determined $28 had been taken from it. He said there was a man in the restroom when he found the wallet.
A woman reported Oct. 12 her iPhone 5 was stolen from under her seat at an Ira Road church. The phone was traced to a location in Hudson, retrieved and returned to the victim, who declined charges.
COPLEY: Police responded to a report of a suspicious person at a Flight Memorial Drive location Sept. 24 and found a male walking in circles in a parking lot. A consent search revealed a foil pipe containing marijuana, and he was charged with its possession and released with a court summons.
A Sumner Parkway woman reported Sept. 24 two gold chains and a diamond ring were stolen from her bedroom while she was on vacation. She provided detectives with a description of the items.
The owner of a house on Aberth Drive reported Sept. 26 a commercial cooler was stolen from the backyard, the inside of the residence was ransacked and a memory card was stolen from a video recorder.
On Sept. 27, a Briarcliff Trail woman reported a package delivered to her residence Sept. 25 was stolen between 1:30 and 5 p.m. that day.
Police investigated numerous reports of theft from vehicles. The night of Sept. 26, an unlocked vehicle on Bentley Drive was entered and a bag containing a computer, credit cards and other items was stolen. The same night, other unlocked vehicles outside two Hillside Drive homes were entered and credit cards and personal documents were stolen from one. A wallet and credit card were stolen from the second vehicle, and the credit card was used to make a $140 purchase at an Akron gas station. The night of Sept. 27, a vehicle outside a Copley Meadows Drive residence was broken into and an iPod and designer sunglasses were stolen. The night of Sept. 29, a Litchfield Drive man reported two unlocked vehicles outside his residence were entered, and a computer, two GPS units and the keys to one vehicle were stolen. During the same time frame, a Litchfield Drive couple learned their son’s wallet had been found on Weatherstone Court. The wallet, along with other items, had been stolen from his vehicle, which was locked and parked outside their residence.
At 4 a.m. Oct. 1, police responded to a report that a man was out of control at a Hunt Club Drive residence. Officers arrived to find the suspect lying in the weeds outside the apartment. His behavior reportedly was loud and abusive toward officers, and he continued to yell and use vulgar language after several orders by police to stop, as he was disturbing guests at a nearby hotel. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and transported to a detoxification center, where his BAC tested .172.
A patron of a Montrose West Avenue restaurant reported the window of his vehicle was broken between 4 and 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and $15 was stolen. The vehicle was parked in front of the building.
An employee of a Springside Drive restaurant reported she went to her vehicle the evening of Oct. 1 to find the window had been smashed. Police interviewed a man who was lying in the grass near the vehicle, and he said he was on a break from his job at another restaurant and did not see the incident, but he saw the victim crying.
The owner of a Copley Road construction company reported Oct. 1 he discovered several items had been stolen from property he rents for his business.
A Fox Hollow Drive woman reported Oct. 3 she discovered an unknown person has been using her debit card information for unauthorized transactions in several states and more than $1,000 has been fraudulently taken from her bank account.
FAIRLAWN: Police confiscated a counterfeit $50 bill passed by two men who purchased popcorn at a mall store Oct. 5 and received change.
An Akron man who filled a grocery cart with paper towels and liquid detergent worth $83 and pushed it out of a West Market Street grocery store without paying Oct. 7 was arrested for theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.
Police responded to a disturbance at a group home on Sand Run Parkway Oct. 7 and arrived to find an employee restraining a man outside the home. The employee reported the man took the key to the company van, and when he attempted to retrieve it, the suspect kicked and spit on him, tried to throw a TV at him and threatened to kill him. Officers entered the residence and found it in disarray with broken household items. The man was transported to a hospital, and the victim declined medical attention. Group home managers declined to pursue charges against the suspect.
An off-duty security officer observed a woman conceal items in a baby stroller and leave a mall department store without paying Oct. 8. Police stopped the woman as she exited a restroom and recovered stolen merchandise from the restroom. The Akron woman was charged with theft, released with a court summons and banned from the store.
On Oct. 10, an assistant manager of a mall jewelry store reported three males entered the store and asked to see diamond earrings. One man filled out an application for credit, and the three left the store. Later, one of the men returned to the store and asked to see diamond earrings in a price range of $2,500. An employee showed him a display card with three sets of earrings, totaling $14,197. He grabbed the card, fled from the store with the merchandise and ran through the mall. Police were reviewing video footage from other mall stores to identify the suspect.
A Falmouth Road man reported Oct. 10 his neighbor was intoxicated and banging on his door. Officers arrived and heard her yelling obscenities at the residents of the home. She refused police orders to stop, was arrested, taken to the police station, where she was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, and released to a sober individual.
NORTON: The caretaker of property on McGowan and Summit roads reported Oct. 4 he saw a white male drive a red pickup truck along an access road on the private property. Police stopped the driver, who reportedly admitted he went to the location to joyride after a friend told him it was a good place for off-road driving. His vehicle was stuck in the mud, and it was towed from the property. The Barberton man was charged with trespassing and failure to display a license plate on the vehicle, and released with a court summons.
Police responded to reports that two shoplifters carried bags of merchandise out of a Greenwich Road grocery store without paying Oct. 4. Officers located two women who fit the description of the suspects and asked if they had store receipts for the merchandise in their bags. The Barberton women said they threw away the receipts, but eventually admitted they stole the merchandise. One woman was charged with theft of merchandise totaling $127, and the other was charged with theft of items totaling $134. The merchandise was returned to the store, and the women were each released with a court summons.
The mother of a Norton Middle School student reported Oct. 4 there has been an ongoing problem with bullying of her child by a classmate who has created an online chat group of more than 50 students who are urging her daughter to commit suicide.
A Norton Avenue resident reported he locked his door and left his residence Oct. 6 and returned to find the glass broken out of the door and the door unlocked. Nothing was reported missing from the residence.
A woman reported her daughter told her a Clinton boy took her $200 cell phone and smashed it while the two were at the Norton Cider Festival Oct. 6.
A Barberton man was charged with theft and released with a court summons Oct. 7 after he reportedly concealed a grocery item worth $4.19 and left a Greenwich Road grocery store without paying for it.
Also on that day, a Clubview Drive resident said someone broke into his house, damaged the door, entered his bedroom and stole a digital scale and a bottle of beer.
Police investigated incidents involving two homes on Roop Avenue Oct. 7, when one resident reported two bicycles were stolen from outside her residence. Bicycle tracks in the grass led to a neighbor’s home, where one of the bikes was located. A vehicle was stolen from outside that residence, and the second bicycle was not found.
A Pleasant Drive man reported Oct. 7 a friend visited him at his home and took an overdose of heroin in the backyard. Police found the victim barely conscious, and EMS transported him to a hospital.
A Barber Road car dealer reported Oct. 8 an unknown white male has been attempting to steal pallets from behind the business. The manager confronted the man and told him not to return to the property. The manager provided the suspect’s vehicle license number to police and asked officers to arrest the man if he returns.
RICHFIELD: The manager of a Brecksville Road business reported Sept. 18 a contractor purchased concrete in August and used a check to pay for it. When the check was returned to the business due to insufficient funds, the contractor agreed to come to the business and make restitution, but has not done so. Police contacted him, and he agreed to call the business and use a credit card to pay for the purchase.
The evening of Sept. 20, police responded to a call from a Dakota Road man who said his estranged wife was intoxicated in a vehicle in his driveway and she refused to leave. Officers spoke to her and determined she had been drinking, was apparently intoxicated and had driven to the location after drinking. Due to inclement weather, police were unable to conduct a field sobriety test at the location, and she was taken to the police station, where she was charged with having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated, released on bond and driven to a motel.
Police patrolling Wheatley Road around midnight Sept. 22 stopped the driver of a vehicle with a broken tail light. The driver exhibited signs of intoxication, allegedly admitted she drank several glasses of wine, failed a field sobriety test and was charged with DUI. She was released on a $404 cash bond.
Officers patrolling Prairie Vista Drive Sept. 26 observed the garage door of a residence open and found the residence was unsecured. The owner said she accidentally left the residence unsecured.
The morning of Sept. 30, police responded to reports of a fight at a Motor Road residence and ongoing problems with fights at the home. When officers arrived, there was no activity at the house, and they spoke to a resident, who said two people had been there and caused a commotion. He was advised to cease the ongoing problems with the individuals.
An employee of a Brecksville Road business reported Oct. 2 he parked his Cadillac Escalade outside the business Sept. 3 and left in a company vehicle to spend a month in Nebraska on business. When he returned, he found the Cadillac was sitting on four jack stands and all four wheel rims and tires, worth an estimated $3,000, were missing.
The mother of a 14-year-old boy reported Oct. 3 her son was standing at the end of the driveway waiting for a school bus when he saw an unknown male standing in a field across the street. The man made her son feel uneasy, so he went inside the house and missed the bus. Police were unable to locate anyone in the field or nearby, and they said there would be additional patrols in the area. The woman said she would wait for the bus with her son in the future.
The Akron police reports were compiled by Ariel Hakim, and the remainder were compiled by Maggie DeMellier.
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