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

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Attempted theft

Counterfeit bills reported: An employee of a store in South Avenue’s 600 block reported that an unidentified male tried to purchase three packs of ribs with two counterfeit $20 bills on July 6. The employee said that after the store refused to return the bills, the male left, without the ribs.

Breaking and entering

Doors badly damaged: Police said that after they responded to an alarm at a Midway Plaza store at around 8 p.m. July 4, they discovered someone apparently broke into the store by ramming and badly damaging four glass doors with a vehicle at the store’s rear. Police said they searched the store but did not find anyone. Nothing was reported missing. A police report did not include a damage estimate.

Items taken from vehicle: A Whitehall Drive woman reported July 3 that someone took a GPS unit and tools totaling nearly $500 in value from her unlocked vehicle while it was in her detached open garage since the day before. The woman said one of the vehicle’s license plates was also taken.

Criminal mischief

Man throwing fireworks: Police said they charged a 26-year-old Akron man with misdemeanor criminal mischief after they responded to a report that the man was putting fireworks into plastic bottles and throwing them at vehicles traveling along South Thomas Road at Tacoma Avenue at around 2:30 p.m. July 3. Police said that when they arrived, they saw the man throw a firework into grass near him and there were bottles in the road. The man was summoned to appear in Stow Municipal Court and released.

Discharge fireworks

Fireworks kept going off: Police said they charged a Hanna Drive man, 49, with first-degree misdemeanor discharge of fireworks after they responded to a report that he was shooting off fireworks from his home, with two misfires nearly hitting people, at a little after 10 p.m. July 2. Police said they found a large number of people in the area watching the fireworks and parked vehicles blocking the road. The man was initially warned to stop shooting off the fireworks and police left, but then they returned minutes later after receiving additional reports that the fireworks were still going off. The man told police that the fireworks were on a timer and he was unable to stop them. Police said two fireworks then misfired, flew to the sides and exploded near people and vehicles. No injuries or damage was reported. After the fireworks stopped going off, the man was arrested, said police. He was later summoned to appear in Stow Municipal Court and released.

Theft

Pressure washer stolen: The owner of a restaurant in South Avenue’s 400 block reported someone stole an approximately $500 gas-powered pressure washer from a storage shed behind the restaurant during the late afternoon July 1. A police report did not say whether there was forced entry.