Westlake Police Blotter Jan. 7, 2013

A Westwood Rd. woman reported the theft of personal and household items on Dec. 23. The property is missing from her residence, which was being worked on by a contractor in the period March-November 2012. The contractor denies any involvement; the victim is still doing an inventory.

An officer checked on the occupants of a car stopped in the lot of a Center Ridge Rd. business on Dec. 29 ay 3:20AM. The 20-year-old North Olmsted man driving explained that his 19-year female passenger from Kent was going to be sick. She was arrested for Underage Consumption; the driver was sober and was sent on his way.

A Berea woman’s 2002 Saturn was broken into on Dec. 29 between 5p-7p while parked at a First St. business. The front passenger window was broken and her purse was taken. It contained $50 cash, a $100 gift card, and misc. papers. No suspects.

An Avon woman’s 2009 Honda Accord had both passenger side windows broken while at L.A. Fitness on Dec. 30 between 4p-5:30p. Her purse containing $100 cash, 2 checkbooks, and credit cards was taken, as was a briefcase. No suspects.

An intoxicated pedestrian was reported hoofing it along I-90 between Crocker and Columbia Rds. On Dec. 30 at 11:47PM. He was arrested for DCI and refused to ID himself, claiming that the laws of the United States did not apply to him. He did have a woman’s credit card on his person; when contacted, she identified the male as her boyfriend, a 45-year-old Cleveland man. He was also charged with being a Pedestrian on the Highway Under the Influence.

A 36-year-old Elyria man was stopped for fictitious license plates on Dec. 31 at 3:34PM. He was driving a 1996 Pontiac with his girlfriend’s plates (for a 1995 Volvo) on it. His license was suspended and he had an active warrant from Perkins Township PD. He also had another Elyria man’s credit card in his pocket. After several false starts about how he “found” the card at this place or that one, or that it was his brother’s (yet he doesn’t know his brother’s name),  he finally admitted that he had stolen the other man’s identity from the suspect’s place of employment. He opened an account, made purchases, and had the bills sent to a relative’s house. He faces Forgery, Misuse of a Credit Card, Identity Theft and Tampering with Records charges, as well as the traffic offenses.

A Westlake man’s coat, wallet, and car keys were taken from his Clemens Rd. workplace on Dec. 31 between 2:30p-4:30p on Dec. 31. The company’s CCTV system was to be checked to see if any suspects could be spotted.

The New Year started off badly for an Olmsted Falls woman at a Prestwick Crossings party; she was arrested for DCI. She had fought with another female guest and her host at 2:48AM on Jan. 1 and was pushed into a laundry room to sequester her.

A Woodmill Dr. home was the scene of a fight on Jan. 1 at 2:28AM. As WPD arrived, numerous people ran from the scene. 18 and 19-year-old Bay Village women, a 19-year-old Westlake woman, and a 20-year-old Olmsted Falls man will all be charged with Underage Consumption. A 37-year-old Cleveland woman will be summonsed for Obstructing Official Business (she hid some of the non-drinking partygoers in her car). The City Prosecutor will review the report for possible Providing Accommodations charges against the 21-year old male party host, who refused to answer the door on the night of the incident.

A 40-year-old Detroit Rd. woman was found wandering in her parking lot under the influence of Rx drugs and beer on Jan. 1 at 4:30AM. She had blood on her clothes, which she said came from her live-in boyfriend. Entry was forced into their apartment; the 39-year-old male had a contusion on his left forearm, a knot on the forehead, a cut on the chin, and a bite mark on an index finger. They were inflicted by the woman’s 16-year-old son, who had fled the scene. He will be filed on in Juvenile Ct. for Domestic Violence; he does not live with his mother, who was arrested for DCI.

On Jan. 1, a 62-year-old Westlake woman reported the Dec. 21 theft of 2 credit cards from her purse while dining at a Main St. restaurant. Her bank called her that evening asking about apprx. $6000 in purchases at several Crocker Park stores. She suspects a couple that was sitting next to her at the restaurant may be involved.

A North Olmsted woman’s purse (containing $50 cash, $100 in gift cards, a credit card and a personal check) was taken from her 2007 Hyundai Sonata on Jan. 2 between 12:45p-2p. The front passenger window was broken while it was parked at L.A. Fitness.

Copper plumbing was taken from a foreclosed home on Hilliard Blvd. sometime around Dec. 22. The bank caretaker reported the theft on Jan. 2; the home had been unsecured. No suspects.

A 68-year-old Northwood Ln. man was arrested for Domestic Violence after he and his 68-year-old wife argued over a relationship she had had 43 years ago (before they were married). He punched her in the face and kicked her in the abdomen on Jan. 3 at 7:19PM. The suspect had been drinking and struggled against being placed in the cruiser; he was also charged with Failure to Comply with Police Order.

A $150 GPS unit was stolen from an unlocked 2007 Jeep while it was parked in the owner’s Beethoven Dr. driveway on Jan. 4 at 5:30A. The owner came home and surprised 3 males in dark clothes who ran from the scene.

A Jan. 4 11:22AM fight between 18 and 19-year old sisters (both of Westlake) at the Canterbury Rd. home of the younger led to the arrest of the older for Domestic Violence. They argued over money and housekeeping, and then the suspect threw a bottle of lotion and punched the victim in the head.

Two vehicles were broken into at a Detroit Rd. restaurant on Jan. 4 between 5p-7:50p. A tool kit was taken from a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox by prying open the front passenger window; it belongs to a Westlake man. A second Westlake man had the front passenger side window on his 1997 Nissan Maxima broken; nothing was taken. No suspects.

Between 7p-9p on Jan. 4, a North Ridgeville woman’s purse was taken from her 2008 VW while it was parked at Bally’s; the driver’s window was broken. It contained credit cards which she cancelled; no suspects.

A pattern of purse thefts from autos is becoming evident. Many of them are occurring at physical fitness-related facilities. Since Dec. 10, such thefts have occurred at Ballys (3 thefts) on Columbia Rd., Jazzercise (27070 Detroit Rd.), Inner Bliss Yoga (29055 Clemens Rd.), and LA Fitness (2 thefts) in Crocker Park. In each case, the purse was left in the passenger compartment. In some cases, the victim reported “hiding” the purse under a seat or in some other manner. Women should consider either locking all valuables in the trunk or bringing as little property as possible along with them.

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