WEST SHORE BLUES: The Best of the Beats

BBs take Out Store Windows

On 1/27/23 at approx. 11:30PM WPD received a call from employees at Mitchells Ice Cream on Detroit Rd reporting that they heard 2 loud pop sounds and noticed a window on the business had been shattered. Officers responded and discovered a BB or pellet had penetrated one of 2 glass panes on one of the windows on the building. Upon searching the area, 2 other businesses had damaged windows as well. Criminal damage reports were taken and investigators are attempting to gather surveillance footage in the area to develop a suspect.

Crime of Opportunity

On 1/28/23 at about 1PM officers responded to the Porter Public Library for a theft report. The patron victim had set his wallet down on a counter for a couple of minutes. Upon returning the wallet was missing. The item was later found in a garbage can at the facility minus the cash that had been inside. Investigators believe the crime of opportunity suspect has been identified although additional evidence is being collected before charges will be filed.

Road Rage

On 1/28/23 at approx. 6:30PM a caller reported a “blond male” waved a gun at him in a parking lot of Crocker Park and “was going to jump him.” The suspect reportedly fled the area in a vehicle after exchanging words with the complainant. The suspect vehicle could not be located at that time. The complainant explained that he was trying to park in one of the garages when there was a road rage incident between the parties. During the argument, the other male supposedly showed the firearm and threatened him with the gun. Later in the night, the complainant located and confronted the suspect, again at Crocker Park. They again argued and police intervened. A black replica BB Gun was recovered from one of the vehicles. There were conflicting statements about the multiple altercations where both parties exited their cars to confront each other. There were also alleged threats on both sides of the argument. All parties were advised about engaging in escalating in road rage arguments. The prosecutor ruled that no charges would be filed.

Toyota SUV Taken from Garage

On 1/30/23 at about 6:30AM WPD received a call from a citizen on Weybridge Dr reporting that someone had taken the Toyota SUV from their garage during the overnight hours. Surveillance in the area showed a sedan and full sized pickup truck driving on Weybridge at about 3:25AM. At least 1 person is dropped off and approaches the garage. It appeared that the overhead garage door was accidently left open and keys left in the missing vehicle as there were no signs of forced entry. In all 2 wallets and the vehicle were reported as stolen. The SUV was recovered on 1/30/23 at about 11PM at the CMHA building at 2408 Cedar Ave. Evidence was recovered from inside the vehicle and will be analyzed.

$1000 Fraud Loss

On 1/30/23 at about 5:45PM a resident came to WPD to report a fraud. She had received a text message regarding a fraud alert from 5/3 Bank in connection with a transaction made to Zelle. The victim had not made any transactions through Zelle. She then received several cell phone calls from someone purporting to be 5/3 Bank Customer Service who talked the victim into letting them have control over her online account. In all approx. $1000 was taken from the account. Investigators are following up.

Fraud Alert

The Bay Village Police Dept. received a number of calls from residents and non-residents inquiring about scam calls that they have received from a caller posing as a legitimate Bay Village Police Officer last week. The male scam caller knows the name and address of the person he called and advises them that there is an arrest warrant out for their arrest through the Honorable Judge John Adams. The scam caller indicates that the arrest warrant was issued because the person never showed up for a federal grand jury court date. At some point, the scam caller indicates that the person he called can pay $5,000.00 to post a bond and gives instructions on how to pay the $5,000.00.

***THIS IS A SCAM. The Bay Village PD does not call people and advise them that they have arrest warrants and further advise them that they can pay a bond over the phone.

Anatomy of a Scam

Westlake Police report that, unfortunately, they keep taking reports from people who buy gift cards to pay for debts/taxes/bonds etc. Like the graphic below says – ask yourself…. “self…am I buying a gift card to pay someone?” If you answer yes, then IT IS A SCAM!!

Here’s how this scam usually happens:

  • The most common way scammers request gift cards is over the phone through a government impersonation scam. However, they will also request gift cards via text message, email or social media.
  • A scammer posing as an IRS agent (or law enforcement officer, PayPal, Amazon etc) will call the taxpayer or leave a voicemail with a callback number informing the taxpayer that they are linked to some criminal activity. For example, the scammer will tell the taxpayer their identity has been stolen and used to open fake bank accounts.
  • The scammer will threaten or harass the taxpayer by telling them that they must pay a fictitious tax penalty.
  • The scammer instructs the taxpayer to buy gift cards from various stores.
  • Once the taxpayer buys the gift cards, the scammer will ask the taxpayer to provide the gift card number and PIN.

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