Stow-Munroe Falls 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.

— Munroe Falls —

Theft

Sign stolen from yard: A Pinehurst Road man reported Aug. 8 that someone stole a political sign of unspecified value from his yard during the night. The man said his neighbor’s doorbell camera caught footage of a vehicle stopping near his home at about 2:45 a.m., but a license plate number could not be seen and it was unclear whether it was involved in the theft.

Money stolen from vehicle: A River Park Boulevard man reported July 30 that someone stole $2,000 from his vehicle while it was parked outside his home since the evening of July 28. Police said there was no sign of forced entry.

Criminal damaging

Mailbox damaged: A woman reported someone damaged her mailbox in an unspecified way in Park Ridge Drive’s 400 block during the afternoon or evening Aug. 5. A police report did not include a damage estimate.

— Stow —

Theft

Gun stolen from vehicle: A man reported Aug. 2 that someone stole his .38-caliber revolver of unspecified value from his vehicle while it was parked in his driveway in Saybrooke Boulevard’s 2800 block since the day before. The man said he believes he had locked the vehicle and it was locked when he discovered the theft, but there was no sign of any damage.

Fraud

Woman paid money for puppies: A Stow woman reported July 30 that she was defrauded out of nearly $3,000 while attempting to purchase two puppies online for her children and for a relative. The woman said she initially paid $1,000 for the puppies from a business that the relative found a social media page for, which included a link to a website. The woman said she subsequently paid an additional $1,950 for carrier fees, with both payments made through a financial app. The woman said that the next day, the relative told her that the seller had blocked her on social media. The woman said she then found she was also blocked and was not able to get any information from the seller about the puppies.

Police said they told the woman she should call her bank to notify them of the situation and that the matter was under investigation.

Woman reports threats: An elderly Stow woman reported July 30 that people trying to defraud her in phony sweepstakes or lottery scams had for the second time in two months made threats against her. She said that when she refused to cooperate the second time, the scammer claimed that her house would be bombed.

The woman said that on that day, someone called claiming she had won $2.3 million. When she told the person she knew it was a scam, the person became angry and said a bomb would be placed at her front door. Police said they checked the woman’s home and found nothing suspicious.

Police said the woman had previously reported someone began calling her two months earlier claiming she had won more than $3 million. After the woman kept refusing to try and claim the money, the caller made a vague threat by telling her that the people giving the money away would be angry and he could not guarantee her safety.

Police said the woman had also reported the matter to the FBI and planned on doing the same for the most recent incident.

Identity theft

Fraudulent employment application reported: A Pimlico Boulevard man reported July 28 that an unknown person used personal information from his driver’s license on an employment application. The man said he needed to file a police report to get a new driver’s license.

Criminal damaging

Trailer lock pried off: A Norton man reported July 30 that someone damaged the door on his work trailer by using a hammer to pry the door’s padlock off while the trailer was parked outside a business in Hampshire Road’s 800 block during the night. The man said nothing was missing from the trailer. A police report did not include a damage estimate.

Vehicle trespass

Vehicle entered: A woman reported July 28 that someone entered her unlocked vehicle while it was parked outside her home during the night. The woman said nothing was taken.