Police Reports is a sampling of incidents responded to by local law enforcement agencies. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.
— Macedonia —
Shoplifting nets multiple arrests: Three Cleveland area women were arrested and charged Jan. 30 after Macedonia police were called to a Macedonia Commons retail store at around 6:30 p.m. on a shoplifting case. The store's loss prevention employee told responding officers that four women were getting ready to push merchandise out of the store without paying. The employee told police there was a grey Kia on the south side of the store, and that three of the four women were waiting in the vehicle. The employee added that no one in the vehicle had taken property from the store, but a fourth woman was still in the store filling a mesh bag with merchandise, and was placing bags of merchandise near the south doors. Two juveniles also were inside the Kia. One officer waited behind the store and another waited near another business. When the Kia tried to leave the store, the first police vehicle followed it, and the second vehicle was positioned in front of it after the Kia came to a stop.
Responding officers found six people in the vehicle, including two children. The driver, a 20-year-old Cleveland woman, was cited through the Macedonia Mayor's Court for two counts of child restraint and released at the scene. The front seat passenger, an 18-year-old Cleveland woman, was the mother of one of the children. She and her child were transported to the Macedonia police department, where the woman's mother picked up the child. The 18-year-old was taken to Macedonia City Jail, and was charged through the Stow Municipal Court with a fifth degree felony count of complicity to theft. She had been observed by the employee selecting items inside the store to give to another woman.
This woman, a 19-year-old Euclid female, first identified herself by another name and told police she was a juvenile. It was later determined that she lied about her identity and age, and later confessed her true name and age. She was charged through the Stow Municipal Court with falsification, obstruction of official business, and a fifth degree felony charge of theft.
Another passenger, a 19-year-old Cleveland woman, was determined to not be involved in the theft and was allowed to contact someone to pick up her child, the other juvenile. However, she was found to have an active warrant through the North Olmsted police department. She was transferred to the North Olmsted police's custody.
Police found several large mesh bags filled with clothing, which was returned to the store and determined to be worth $1,934. The vehicle also smelled of raw marijuana. Responding officers found a cigarillo wrapper containing a small baggy of green vegetable matter and a cigar with green vegetable matter. These were seized as contraband and to be destroyed.
Shoplifting also leads to drug discovery: Three Akron residents were arrested and charged Jan. 30 with various offenses after Macedonia police were called to a Macedonia Commons store at 2:41 p.m. on a suspected shoplifting case. Responding officers found the vehicle the store employees reported seeing the two suspects get into in the parking lot of a nearby store. Officers pulled over the vehicle, a black Chevy Impala. The driver, 23, was asked to get out of the car. A responding officer noticed a large bulge in front of her pants. She pulled out a blue rubber clove with two bags of a substance that was field tested and found to be methamphetamine. In addition, there was a bag found with a paper bundle that had a powder substance. All of these items were sent for testing. The 23-year-old was charged through the Stow Municipal Court with second degree felony possession of a controlled substance.
Another 23-year-old female and a 19-year-old male, both passengers, were identified by employees as being involved in the theft, which involved two shopping carts with items with a total value of $1,284. They both admitted to stealing the items from the store, and both were both charged through the Stow Municipal Court with fifth degree felony theft.
Another male passenger was not found to be involved in the theft and was released at the scene.
Tried to conceal items in purse: A 63-year-old Warrensville Heights woman was arrested and charged with theft Jan. 25 after an employee at a Macedonia Commons store reported she had concealed items in her purse. She had gone through the checkout and paid for one item, but had not paid for nearly $211 in items she had concealed. Officers arrived as the employee was attempting to stop the woman from leaving the area. The woman reportedly told officers she did steal the items.
Woman tried to replace tags: A 48-year-old Bedford woman was arrested for theft and trespassing on Jan. 24 after an employee with a Macedonia Commons store reported seeing her remove the price tags from several items and replace them with tags she had brought with her. She went to the register and payed nearly $24 for items valued at nearly $182 and left the store. The employee noted the plastic price tag fasteners were not like the ones used by the store. The woman also had a trespass order from the store due to a prior incident, so she was taken to Macedonia City Jail on the charges of theft and criminal trespassing.
Possession of drugs
Plates violation leads to drug discovery: A 31-year-old Ravenna man was arrested and charged with several drug-related offenses after a Macedonia police officer pulled him over Jan. 21 on the 700 block of East Aurora Road. The officer had pulled the man over for a display of plates violation. During the traffic stop, the officer found methamphetamine and a glass pipe. The Ravenna man also was found to be driving under suspension. Charges against the Ravenna man included possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, display of license plates and driving under suspension.
Unsuccessful attempt at concealing identity: A 51-year-old Garfield Heights woman was arrested and charged with multiple offenses Jan. 19 after a Macedonia police officer pulled her over on Route 82 near Fairlane Drive for expired license plates. The woman told the officer that she did not have her driver's license with her, and also admitted her license was suspended. She then gave the officer a false name and social security number, and told the officer that she never had a license and had no identification on her, either from Ohio or elsewhere. Eventually, the woman told the officer her real name and social security number. Charges included falsification, driving under suspension, not having an operator license and expired license plates. She also was found to have an active warrant out of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's office. She was transported to the Macedonia city jail, and charges were handled through the Macedonia Mayor's Court. The vehicle she was driving was towed from the scene.