Shoplifter led police on chase: Police responding to a shoplifting report at a Macedonia Commons business chased a 55-year-old Garfield Heights man south on Interstate 271, where he was apprehended in Richfield. According to the report, store personnel said the man left the store parking lot about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 with about $387 worth of stolen merchandise in his car. A patrolman located the man's car traveling south on Macedonia Commons Boulevard, but the man failed to stop after the patrolman activated his lights and siren. The man continued on across Route 8 and onto the I-271 southbound onramp and drove recklessly down the highway at speeds reaching 91 mph, at one point forcing a truck off the side of the road. Richfield Police deployed stop sticks in front of the vehicle and flattened its tires, and the car stopped at the Interstate 77 southbound ramp. Police recovered the stolen merchandise, which the man said he had intended as Christmas presents for his family. He was taken to Macedonia City Jail and charged with a third-degree felony count of failure to comply with police, and misdemeanor theft and criminal trespass.
Cell phone theft caught on camera: Police are investigating the theft of an East Highland Road gas station employee's cell phone. According to the report, the employee had set his cell phone down on a coffee counter in the store, then went to help at the cash registers Dec. 20 around 4:50 a.m. Surveillance video showed a man entered the store and pick up the phone, pour and pay for coffee and leave the store. Police said surveillance video identified the man's car and they are investigating.
Man took tips intended for garbage haulers: A Ledge Acres man reported to police she saw a man in a newer model white car stop at his trash cans and take envelopes he had left as Christmas gifts for the waste and recycling haulers Dec. 22 around 8:10 a.m. One envelope contained a $20 bill, the other a $10. Police alerted officers on patrol to be on the lookout for the vehicle, but were unable to located the suspect. An investigation is pending.
Woman attempted to leave store with $760 in stolen goods: Police arrested a 52-year-old Cleveland woman on a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession and a misdemeanor theft charge after a Macedonia Commons business called to report a theft in progress Dec. 22 around 1 p.m. According to the report, store personnel had stopped the woman as she was attempting to leave without paying for a television and other merchandise in a shopping cart and her purse. The woman had dumped stolen merchandise from her purse and abandoned the shopping cart, but refused store personnel's attempt to detain her. Police stopped her in the parking lot and found a black fuzzy ball she took from the store still in her purse, along with three oxycodone pills she admitted she did not have a prescription for.
Stolen clothing found on woman during search at police station: Police charged a 48-year-old Warrensville Heights woman with misdemeanor charges of theft and receiving stolen property after a patrolman was flagged down by employees at a Macedonia Commons business Dec. 22 around 4:30 a.m. According to the report, the woman had fled after being caught attempting to leave the store without paying for a shopping cart full of merchandise. The patrolman found the woman as she was getting into her car and detained her. Police found stolen items in her purse including three pairs of slippers, three pairs of socks a pair of shoes and a dog treat, put her under arrest for theft and took her to the police station, where a search of her person revealed more stolen items including five pairs of pajama bottoms, a pair of blue jeans, two pairs of socks a hoodie and a winter cap. Including the shopping cart the woman abandoned at the store, the value of goods recovered was $527. Police also found and returned about $84 worth of items in the woman's car that had been stolen from a Route 82 store.
Store employee said he took headphones, pants, T-shirt: Police charged a 22-year-old Macedonia man with theft Dec. 20 around 9:30 a.m. after a loss prevention employee at a Macedonia Commons store called in a theft report. According to the report, the loss prevention employee noticed the 22-year-old began wearing the same type of headphone that had been in an empty box that had been found in the store. The employee said the 22-year-old admitted he stole the headphones, as well as a pair of pants and a Cleveland Cavaliers T-shirt. According to the report, the man also admitted to police he stole the items and was taken to jail for booking.
Woman resisted police officer during booking: Police charged a 21-year-old Elizabeth Lane woman with one fourth-degree felony count of assault after the woman refused to comply while being booked into the city jail after being taken into custody on a warrant. According to the report, the woman became argumentative with the corrections officer and when she refused to comply with instructions a patrolman put her on the floor, where she began to kick at the officer. The woman was handcuffed and placed into a holding cell.
Truck hit by suspected BB gun: Police took a report from a resident who said that while driving on Route 82 near Macedonia Commons Boulevard Dec. 22 around 4 p.m. the back window of his vehicle suddenly shattered and that he believes the damage was caused by a BB gun. Police noted in the report that two small holes were in the back window of the Nissan Versa, with cracks surrounding. The case is closed for lack of evidence.
Vehicle drove off road, through yard: A Ledge Road resident called to report an unknown person was walking around her front yard Dec. 19 around 2:30 a.m. According to the report, the patrolman responding couldn't find anyone, but discovered tire tracks indicating someone had gone off the north side of the road into the ditch, then out of the ditch and across the resident's front yard back onto the road. The case is closed.
Intoxicated woman drove into ditch: Police arrested a 59-year-old Sagamore Hills woman for OVI, blood alcohol content over .17 percent and operating without reasonable control Dec. 17 around 6:30 p.m. According to the report, a patrolman was notified by a resident there was a vehicle in the ditch on South Boyden Road just south of Route 82. On arrival, the patrolman found the woman in her car in the ditch. The woman told police she had made a wide turn. Police said she smelled like alcohol and appeared intoxicated, according to the report, which states she was unable to perform field sobriety tests. She was taken to Macedonia City Jail and her breathalyzer reading was 0.193. She was taken back to the Sagamore Hills Police Department for booking and was released on a personal recognizance bond.
Driver failed to stop after accident: Police arrested a 54-year-old Cuyahoga Falls woman on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and OVI Dec. 10 around 8 p.m. According to the report, the woman was involved in an accident on Olde Eight Road at Valley View Road and continued westbound on Valley View Road, then south on Olde Eight Road before turning westbound on Route 82. A patrolman responding to the call identified her car when it pulled over to the side of the road with other traffic as the patrolman approached with lights and sirens activated. According to the report, the woman appeared intoxicated, had slurred speech and could not complete field sobriety tests. The report states the woman refused to submit a breath sample, but told police she had been drinking since 4 p.m. and had been at two area bars, one in Northfield Center and the other in Northfield Village.
Man resisted treatment for overdose: Police responded to a Brandywine Road residence Dec. 10 around 8:30 p.m. to assist the fire department on a reported drug overdose where the patient was being combative, according to the report. The 42-year-old man, who the report states is a resident of California, had been drinking alcohol and had taken numerous Xanax pills he had a prescription for. Because the man was behaving in a violent manner, police handcuffed him and firefighters took him to the Twinsburg Cleveland Clinic emergency room, where he was further restrained by hospital staff, the report said. Police found a suspected marijuana pipe made of aluminum foil in the man's room. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Protection order violation
Man charged with violating protection order was wanted on a warrant: Police arrested a 38-year-old Cleveland man on charges of violating a protection order Dec. 17 around 1:30 a.m. after a resident called to say the man was outside her apartment, ringing the doorbell, knocking on the door and attempting to turn the locked door handle. The woman told police there was no agreement for him to pick up the children and that she had an active protection order against him. The man was also wanted on a warrant for violating a protection order, the report states. He was unable to post bond and was taken to the Macedonia City Jail.
Police determine wife was aggressor: Police responding to a call regarding an "ongoing domestic dispute" arrested a 46-year-old resident after determining she had physically attacked her husband when she noticed his girlfriend was calling him on his cell phone Dec. 18 around 8 p.m. Although the couple gave different accounts of what happened after the girlfriend called, the man had scratches on his neck and arms and both of his shirt sleeves were torn. The woman was charged with domestic violence, a first-degree misdemeanor.