The sale price of $666 should have been a warning: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter
September 10, 2020
Theft: Paula Drive
A resident went to the police station about losing money through deception. He said he saw a computer listed on Facebook Marketplace at 10:30 p.m. Aug. 31. He contacted the seller who said he worked for Liquidation Wholesale of West Virginia. The man described the computer to him and they agreed on a price of $666. The victim then sent the man money via PayPal. After the money was sent, the suspect removed his Facebook account and stopped replying to the victim’s messages. The man contacted that West Virginia company who told him it did not have an employee by that name. The victim filed a complaint with PayPal and a police report.
Warrant: Engle Road
Police went to the Cleveland Clinic at 8:32 p.m. Sept. 8 for a burglar alarm. A car that was parked in the lot had a temporary registration tag. The owner was sitting inside of it and told the officer she was waiting for her boyfriend who works at the clinic. The boyfriend came to the car, said he worked for the clinic, but was unable to give the officer any identification. He did give his Social Security number, which showed he had an active warrant. He was arrested. Cleveland police arrived at the station to take custody of the suspect.
Drug paraphernalia: Bagley Road
An officer checked the license plate of a car at 1:20 p.m. Sept. 4. It came back to another car model. The officer stopped the car on the Interstate 71 entrance ramp. The driver said he did not have a license, but it was friend’s car. After checking his ID, the officer found the driver had many suspensions on his license. The officer allowed the driver to contact the owner who was at Motel 6 so he could take control of the car. The driver allowed the officer to search the car, in which he found a digital scale, two cut straws and a bag with drug residue. All items were taken to the police station. The car owner arrived and took possession of the car. The driver was cited for not wearing a safety belt, display and license. When the officer checked the registration against the VIN on the car, it matched. The dealership said it made a mistake in its data entry that showed the license plate did not belong to that car. It did. Those charges were dropped.
Theft: Engle Road
Police went to Motel 6 at 9:53 a.m. Sept. 5 for a report of a theft from a car. The victim said she parked her car overnight in the lot, returned to it Sept. 5 and noticed her glove compartment and center console were opened. She then found her purse that contained an empty gift card, her son and daughter’s Social Security cards and a cell phone charger were missing. She told police she locked it but the car’s rear left door locks were broken.
Driving under suspension: Bagley Road
An officer saw an unoccupied car parked at Red Roof Inn early Aug. 31. The license plate did not have a registration tag and it appeared to possibly be a front license plate. The registration and the VIN were not on file. At 11:23 a.m. that day, the officer saw the car leave the lot. Once, however, the driver saw the cruiser, the car stopped, backed up and left through another driveway. It then turned into a gas station. That is when the officer turned on the cruiser’s emergency lights. The driver said he did not have his license and was not the car’s owner. He did give the officer his Social Security number that was not on file. The officer patted him down after he got out of the car. The officer found a container in a pocket that had different colors of pills in it. A small bundled plastic bag fell out of the man’s pocket. He was handcuffed and detained. The officer learned the suspect had an active felony warrant. A tow truck was called. The car’s owner was still unknown, but the officer found several pieces of mail belonging to a woman. A digital scale was also found inside the car. Police spoke with the woman whose mail was inside the car. She said the car belonged to her brother but was unaware of the license plate and VIN dilemma. The man was also cited for having a warrant.
Theft: Engle Road
Police went to Fastenal at 10:41 a.m. Aug. 31 for a stolen catalytic converter. A man said he started his pickup truck and was startled by the loud exhaust. He then found the catalytic converter was removed over the weekend.
Harassing communication: Pearl Road
A man went to the police station Aug. 30 and said he has been receiving text/phone calls from an unfamiliar number. The text messages were associated with his talking to a woman on Facebook. He did not know the woman personally but had several conversations with her. He then decided to block her and stop all communication with her. That is when he began receiving harassing/threatening text messages from that number. Some of the messages showed gruesome photos of a man with his skull severed. Others were photos of weapons and a man holding a semi-automatic rifle. Still others showed photos of the victim and his family that were on Facebook and threats toward them. One message said he needed to pay $550 for his wasting the woman’s time and for all this to stop. The officer advised him not to pay any money and to contact his cell phone company to have the phone number blocked. The officer was unable to locate a name or location of the cell phone since it came back as a fictitious New York company. The officer said the number could be through an app and the victim may want to change his phone number. No police action was taken.
Stolen car: Engle Road
Police spoke with a man Sept. 3 about his car that was stolen from the Motel 6 parking lot. The victim said he arrived at the motel with a man and woman at 11:30 p.m. He initially met the two earlier that day at the motel. When they arrived, he told the officer he parked his car and locked it. He became tired inside the room and had a beer. Shortly after that he fell asleep. He believed the other man opened his car using the key fob in his pocket and started it with the spare key that was inside the center console. At about 9 a.m. another man who rented the room woke him up and said he was going to work. That is when he noticed his car was gone. He said he contacted the suspect via his Facebook page. The man admitted he took the car. The suspect said he and the woman drove the car to Columbus because the woman received a call that a family member was shot. The victim told the man he did not give him the OK to use his car. The suspect told him he was about l l/2 hours away and would return the car. However, that didn’t occur. The victim told the officer his ID, Social Security card and birth certificate were inside the car. He wanted to pursue charges against the man. His car was entered as stolen.