Tallmadge police reports

Staff Writer
Kent Weeklies

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

— Tallmadge —

Theft

Bike stolen at store: A Tallmadge woman reported someone stole her 13-year-old son’s approximately $300 bicycle from outside a service station store in East Avenue’s 100 block during the late afternoon May 19.

Air fresheners taken: The owner of a car wash in West Avenue’s 500 block reported May 19 that while watching security video from May 8, he saw two unidentified males reach their arms up inside an outside vending machine containing $1 vehicle air fresheners and manipulate the dispensing mechanism to release 18 air fresheners. The males then left with the air fresheners in a vehicle, the owner said.

Catalytic converter stolen: A man reported May 14 that someone stole his vehicle’s approximately $200 catalytic converter while the vehicle was parked outside his home in Caruthers Road’s 300 block since the day before.

Metal heron theft seen: A man reported security video outside his home showed an unidentified person taking a 3-foot metal blue heron valued at approximately $200 from his front yard in Timbertop Drive’s 1400 block at a little after midnight May 13.

Identity fraud

Woman reports scam: A Tallmadge woman reported May 17 that after she received an email supposedly from a technology company claiming she had an outstanding $1,000 charge on her account, she provided bank card information to a payment app to get a refund only to have nearly $1,200 withdrawn from her bank account. The woman said she had also spoken to someone over the phone who instructed her to purchase two $500 gift cards and provide their numbers. The woman said she did so, as well as provide a photo of her driver’s license, but then she contacted the company providing the cards and she believed the cards were not used and the money would be refunded to her. The woman said she also contacted the bank, which secured her account and issued a new card to her. Police said they advised the woman to contact any other financial institutions she does business with and to monitor her credit.

Criminal damaging

Car badly scratched up: A woman reported May 13 that someone scratched her vehicle’s doors and across its hood, with the damage estimated at $2,000, while the vehicle was parked outside her home in Eastwood Avenue’s 600 block during the night. The woman said this had happened once before, so she set up a trail camera outside her home in case it happened again, but someone stole the camera’s approximately $50 memory card.