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Drunk pedestrian stumbles, threatens, cries for police; cameras ripped from walls in auto shop: Berea police blotter

BEREA, Ohio –

Disorderly conduct, Prospect Street

A Berea man, 38, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Sept. 3 after police found him walking while intoxicated on Prospect.

A manager at Shell, 20 Prospect, called police after the man entered the business and followed two females around the store. The man then left and walked southbound on Prospect.

Police spotted the man, wearing a face covering, stumbling along the west side of Prospect. He nearly knocked over a trashcan, which he had used to try to steady himself. As police approached, they smelled alcohol on the man. His speech was slurred.

The man was offended when police said they were concerned about his high level of intoxication. He tried to walk away several times. He became verbally abusive toward police. He also showed signs of physical aggression by balling his fists, puffing his chest, pursing his lips and staring at police.

After police arrested the man, due to his drunkenness and unprovoked aggression, he threatened police and told one officer he would sexually assault his wife. He advised police to “Google” him.

At the police station, the man requested medical treatment. He expressed fear that if police removed him from the cruiser, they would shoot him. Alternately, he locked eyes with officers in an attempt to intimidate them.

When police asked the man if he could contact someone for a ride home, he collapsed to the floor and cried, saying that his wife had divorced him. A corrections officer tried to console him.

Breaking & entering, West Bagley Road: Someone broke into W-B Autoservice, 1090 West Bagley, and ripped surveillance cameras off the walls.

It was reported at about midnight Sept. 6. Part of a brick was used to shatter glass in one of the outer doors. Inside, police found paper towels or toilet paper that had been set on fire. A fire extinguisher had been sprayed throughout the building.

Theft: North Rocky River Drive

An unidentified male stole about $600 in candy bars at about 7:15 a.m. Sept. 5 from Speedway, 880 North Rocky River.

Security video showed the man drive into the Speedway lot in a gray four-door sedan. Once inside the store, he pulled a reusable TJ Maxx bag from his pocket. It took him about one minute to fill the bag with candy bars. He left without paying.

The same male returned to the store in the same car at about 7:10 a.m. Sept. 7. He again walked to the candy aisle and filled a reusable shopping bag with candy worth about $185. A Speedway manager yelled at the man to stop as he left the store but the man didn’t stop.

Disorderly conduct: East Grand Street

A Baldwin Wallace University student, 19, called police at about 2:45 p.m. Sept. 5 and said that she and her roommate, also 19, had just fought each other inside one of the university’s dormitories on East Grand.

The student, who wasn’t injured, said the fight stemmed from an incident the previous evening. She said she and her roommate had been drinking alcohol in the dorm. The student later admitted to their resident assistant that she, her roommate and others had been drinking.

The roommate confronted the student, asking if she had told the RA about their drinking. When the student said yes, the two started arguing, which led to a fight. Police told the student, who had been arrested in the past, that she might face disorderly conduct or assault charges.

The roommate told police she was not injured. She said the student started the fight. Police warned the student and her roommate and released them.

Animal at large, Chestnut Drive: A Chestnut man, 53, was cited at about 1:30 a.m. Sept. 7 after he allowed his dog to escape his house and wander loose through the neighborhood.

The dog bit and scratched the man and his girlfriend before escaping, but the couple were not seriously hurt. The dog ran through several yards before the man was able to gain control of him. He said the dog is normally friendly.

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