A W. 210 St resident was injured on Feb. 23 when her leg was run over by her own car, report Fairview Park Police. She had left the car in neutral and exited the vehicle when it started to move backwards. She was behind the car and ran to try and stop it, but she apparently fell or got knocked over and her leg was run over. She was taken to Fairview Hospital for treatment by the paramedics.
Shovelful of Trouble for Thief
Police were called to the West Valley/Palm Circle area on a report of a male acting strangely and using a shovel to remove snow in someone’s yard on Feb. 27. Upon arrival, a vehicle was found with the door and hatch open, but no one around. A resident told officers the male was in a rear yard. He was subsequently located walking with the shovel. He claimed he had seen a deer and was following same, when he lost his keys. Another resident who had video surveillance caught the subject clearing snow off of her car, peering in, then stealing her snow shovel. The 30 year old male from Florida was arrested for theft and criminal trespass. Numerous items, including purses, a tactical bag and gift cards, all believed to be stolen, were found in the vehicle, which was a rental. Follow up with the owners of some of the items yielded the fact they were indeed stolen, the thefts occurring in Tennessee, Tallmadge, Ohio, Circleville, Ohio and Stow, Ohio. The male had been staying at a motel in Lakewood and the clerk there reported several people from the room had checked out and that credit cards and purses belonging to various people were left in the room. Metpark Rangers also interviewed the male as possibly connected to thefts from vehicles in their jurisdiction. He is being held for bond on the Fairview Park charges.
Police were called to Kohls at Westgate on a non-compliant shoplifter on Feb. 26. A 36 year old Cleveland female had stolen several bracelets and accessories and exited the store with same. Loss prevention stopped the female and tried to get her to come into the office, but the suspect refused, walking towards Center Ridge. She was stopped by police near Jersey Mike’s and arrested for Petty Theft. $209 worth of merchandise was recovered. She was processed and released on bond to Maple Hts PD, who had an active warrant for her arrest.
Credit Card Fraud
An Alexander Rd resident was notified by PNC Bank of suspicious activity on his credit card. A $64 charge had been made in Canal Winchester, Ohio. The resident was not in that city nor did he authorize anyone to use his card. The bank was able to cancel the transaction and deactivated the card.
Theft by Deception
The son of a Sycamore Dr resident called reporting that his mother’s caretaker had been cashing checks far beyond the amount due for hours worked. In the past month, the caretaker, a 55 year old Cleveland resident, had cashed checks totaling over $10,000. The victim’s son has power of attorney and noticed all the checks when he was checking up on her finances. Adult Protective Services will be contacted and the investigation will be continued by the Detective Bureau.