Crime Strikes Area Churches

Ridgeville Police Nab Church Purse Snatcher

At approximately 9:45am on Sept. 20, North Ridgeville Police received a call from a female who had just had her purse stolen from the sanctuary at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She was able to provide a description of the woman that stole her purse.

Unfortunately for said thief but fortunately for the citizens of this city, the NRPD detective bureau already had the suspect’s information and her vehicle description because she had already committed several thefts in North Ridgeville, as well as several surrounding cities. Once the theft occurred, the suspects would immediately go to nearby stores and buy gift cards using the victims credit cards, report Police.

“All of our road patrol units and the detective bureau saturated the area, as well as checking stores that the suspects were known to frequent. The suspect vehicle was spotted leaving Speedway on Lorain Rd. and stopped without incident. Both subjects in the vehicle were arrested and the stolen items were recovered.

“Arrested were Robin Marie Smith 56 years old from North Ridgeville and her son, Marcus Ray Smith 35 years old and also from North Ridgeville.

“Both were charged with multiple counts of both felony and misdemeanor theft offenses, multiple counts of Misuse of Credit Cards, and Possession of Drug Abuse Instruments.”

Westlake Church Break-Ins

Parkside Church of the Nazarene and Crosspointe Community Church  – both in Westlake – were broken into recently.

Westlake Police report, “On 9/23/19 at just after 6am, employees at the Parkside Church of the Nazarene on Hilliard Bl arrived at work to find forced entry to the church.  Officers arrived and did not locate anyone inside but did note that the suspect had cut themselves pretty badly during the break-in. The suspect had stolen electronics from the church.  Investigators soon discovered that a male was at Fairview Hosp being treated for a cut he sustained “while installing a window.” While officers were speaking with the suspect at the hospital, another break in was discovered at Crosspointe Community Church on Columbia Rd.  Electronics missing from this church were found with the suspect at the hospital. After treatment the 47yo from Cleveland was taken into custody. He was charged with felony breaking and entering. The suspect was familiar to officers as he had been arrested in 2013 for breaking into the same Hilliard Bl church in 2013.”


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