Police Reports is a sampling of incidents responded to by local law enforcement agencies. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.

Forgery

Check cashed: An employee of a business in West Avenue’s 400 block reported May 2 that someone somehow intercepted a check issued by the business, endorsed it with a forged signature and cashed it for about $3,840 at an unknown location since April 15. The employee said he was filing a police report to document the incident.

Vandalism

Solar panel painted: Police said they discovered April 30 that someone painted over the approximately $1,000 solar panel on a city-owned traffic speed trailer while it was posted in Sunsetview Boulevard’s 700 block during the previous two weeks. Police said the paint prevented the trailer’s batteries from charging. Police said the cost of cleaning and making any necessary repairs had not been determined.

Theft

Watches stolen from store: A Medina man, 37, was charged with misdemeanor theft after the manager of a store in Southeast Avenue’s 1200 block reported April 29 that he saw the Medina man on store security video pick the lock on a display case and take two watches totaling about $900 in value April 25. Police said the Medina man was identified because he used a store rewards card to make some other purchases before leaving the store. Police said they contacted the man, who agreed to turn himself in at the Tallmadge police department with the watches on April 30, but when the man failed to do so, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Gun stolen from car: A man reported someone stole an approximately .45-caliber pistol valued at approximately $275 and about $3 in change from his unlocked car while it was in his driveway during the afternoon or evening April 29.

Scrap metal stolen: A manager of a business in West Avenue’s 300 block reported April 30 that two unknown suspects could be seen on security video taking scrap metal totaling about $500 in value from where it was stored outside the business and loading it into a vehicle at a little before 8 p.m. April 27. Police said the video did not show the vehicle’s license plate number.

Extortion

Money demanded for plate: An employee of a West Avenue auto dealership reported May 2 that after an approximately $100 dealer plate fell off of a vehicle while it was being test driven, an unknown suspect called and said he found the plate and would return it for $40. The employee said he arranged to meet the person at an Akron location and when he arrived, four men approached while he sat in his vehicle and told him they would take him to where the person who called was. The employee said he refused and left.