Macedonia 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.

— Macedonia —

Theft

Welder and wire stolen: A Macedonia Commons Boulevard store employee reported July 23 that an unidentified male could be seen on story security video leaving the store without paying for a welder and welding wire totaling about $780 in value the day before.

Man found in another store: Police said they charged a Cleveland man, 45, with misdemeanor theft, criminal trespassing and drug paraphernalia possession in Macedonia Mayor’s Court after a Macedonia Commons Boulevard store employee reported the man left the store without paying for a suitcase and merchandise placed inside of it, all totaling about $420 in value, on July 19. While searching the area for the man, an employee at another Macedonia Commons Boulevard store reported the man was in that store and police found him in an aisle after he attempted to elude them. The suitcase, along with two car batteries and some tools inside it were recovered, said police, and a drug pipe was found in the man’s possession.

Fraud

Store scammed out of money: A Route 82 store employee reported someone called and tricked her out of more than $1,300 in store money July 16. The employee said the male called claiming to work at the chain’s corporate offices and that the store was being used to launder $100 bills. He knew other corporate employees by name and was familiar with store procedures, the employee said, and he instructed her to go to a Northfield Center store and use store funds to purchase gift cards. Following instructions, the employee then provided the male with the cards’ serial numbers and destroyed them. The employee said that after she reported the matter to a store manager, she realized it was a scam. The employee said the male kept her on the phone the whole time she was getting the cards, which police said is a tactic used to prevent the employee from contacting anyone to verify the legitimacy of what was going on, as well as to apply pressure and prevent the employee from thinking clearly about what is happening. Police said that when they called the phone number the male called from, which had a Tennessee area code, it was disconnected. The matter was under investigation, said police.

Income tax fraudulently filed: A Ledge Road woman reported discovering July 14 that someone apparently used her personal information to fraudulently file a federal income tax return. Police said they provided the woman with a police report number for the incident and advised that she report it to the IRS and to a bank where she has an account.

Criminal damaging

Mirror ripped off SUV: A woman reported someone ripped the passenger-side mirror off her SUV while it was parked outside her Macedonia Commons Boulevard place of employment during the late afternoon or early evening July 14. The woman said she was filing the report for insurance purposes. A police report did not include a damage estimate.