THEFT

Money sent in hopes of big payout lost: An 85-year-old Crystal Cove resident told police Nov. 30 that she had sent $4,800 to individuals who promised she could win more money in a sweepstakes. According to the report, the woman received a letter regarding money which would enter her into a bigger sweepstakes. A few days later the woman received a telephone call from a person who asked her for more money in order to release millions of dollars in sweepstakes money. The woman sent a check for $4,800, along with others of unspecified value, and was asked again by the same person to send more money. Her bank manager became suspicious and talked to her. They placed a fraud alert on the checks. So far some of the checks have been recovered, but not the largest $4,800. The bank is investigating.

Strong enough for a man: A 37-year-old Akron man was arrested Nov. 28 shortly before 3 p.m. after taking deodorant and other items valued at $31.85 from a Midway Plaza discount store. The man was arrested no Tallmadge Avenue and still had the deodorant on him, according to police. When questioned the man admitted to stealing the items. Police also found what appeared to be a pipe used for smoking meth. The pipe was seized. The man was cited for theft and released.

Akron woman busted for baby items and meat: A South Avenue store security guard witnessed and Akron woman placing meat products and baby items totaling $33.31 inside her purse Nov. 28 shortly after 8 p.m., then leave the store without paying. The woman was arrested outside of the store and ordered not to return. She was charged with theft.

DRUG PARAPHERNALIA

More than books found in bag: Police charged a Tallmadge driver with possession of drug paraphernalia Nov. 27 after pulling him over shortly after 11 p.m. at the intersection of E. Howe Road and Wring Drive for having no license plate light. The officer thought he smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle. A black scale with marijuana residue was found in a book bag on the passenger’s seat floor. The driver was issued a summons and released.

Traffic stop leads to pot: An 18-year-old Akron man was stopped by police Nov. 28 on Southeast Avenue shortly after 9 p.m. during a random registration check. The driver did not have a registration and the officer detected the smell of marijuana. The driver admitted he had drugs before the officer could ask, according to the report. The driver handed the officer a small bag containing marijuana. Police also found a digital scale during a subsequent search. The driver was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

IDENTITY THEFT

Phone bought in man’s name: A Southeast Avenue man told police Dec. 4 that someone had opened up an electronic store account in Florida using the man’s name. A $178.50 phone was purchased in his name. The man placed an alert on his credit card and is documenting the theft to give to his bank. There are no suspects and have been no charges.

CRIMINAL DAMAGING

Glass door broken: A Westvue Drive man told police Nov. 30 that someone broke the glass in a basement sliding door. The door was still secure when police checked it. The damage was estimated at $300. There are no suspects.