Thief Steals Unlocked Car With Purse, Laptops Inside: Middleburg Heights Police Blotter

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Middleburg Heights police station

(Joanne Berger DuMound,Special to Sun News )

Grand theft, Saratoga Road: A woman parked her car in her driveway at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 11. When she went out to it the next day, it was gone.

The car was not only unlocked, but had several items inside, including the victim's  designer purse, wallet, checkbook, laptops, horse-related paraphernalia, personal clothing, CDs, gift cards, keys and other items.

Personal injury, Franke Road: A man was life flighted to Metro Health Medical Center from the Middleburg Heights Junior High School last week.

The man fell from a ladder and landed on his head, hitting a concrete slab. He then tried standing up, shifted his weight and fell backwards, striking his head on a cement step. He was unable to respond to simple questions.

Criminal damage, Sandalhaven Drive:  A man, whose neighbor was on vacation, told an officer he found damage Aug. 10 to the neighbor's truck that was parked in the driveway.

The driver's side tires were slashed and the car was keyed on its sides and hood. There were unflattering words scratched on the driver's side rear quarter panel.

Grand theft, Saratoga Road: A resident reported someone stole her daughter's car between 12:45-5:45 a.m. Aug. 12 while it parked in the driveway. The victim was unsure whether the car was locked. She also discovered her fiance's car had property taken from it. A third car in the driveway was untouched.

Theft, Pearl Road: A thief stole a cell phone from Verizon Wireless sometime between Aug. 8-10. The thief detached the cell phone from the battery cover and left with the phone since it was tied to a tether.

Found property, Big Creek Parkway: A motorist stopped between 7:45-8:15 p.m. Aug. 9 and picked up a credit card that was in the roadway. She took the card to the police station.

Police were unable to find the owner and placed the card in an envelope in its property room.

Grand theft, Big Creek Parkway: Cleveland police recovered a car Aug. 10 that was stolen from a local driveway late Aug. 8 or early Aug. 9. The owner left a key fob in the car, which does not allow the car to lock when it is inside.

The thief struck a tree and mailbox while driving it away.

Drunken driving, Webster Road: A motorist contacted police at 4:45 p.m. Aug. 9 about a possible intoxicated driver.

The man said he saw the motorist swerving all over. When the car stopped, the man approached the driver to ask if he was OK. The driver became angry. That's when he called police, who found the car - and its driver - in an area off the right side of the roadway. It was parked, its engine running and the keys were in the ignition.

The driver seemed to be disoriented, according to the report. He smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He was unable to open the car door and stumbled out when the officer helped him with the door.

When asked if he consumed alcohol, he said, "No, have you?" The man refused to take further sobriety tests after unable to do one. He also refused to take a breath test.

Drunken driving, Engle Road: An officer saw a motorist make a wide right turn onto Sheldon Road at 2:23 a.m. Aug. 9 and continue to weave down the road.

The driver eventually stopped after seeing the cruiser's emergency lights. She said she had a beer or two and after tossing a cigarette out the window, told she was littering. She said she was sorry and offered to pick it up. The officer detected an odor of alcohol on her, saw her eyes were bloodshot and she had slurred speech. She failed sobriety tests.

She originally refused to take a breath test, but did so later. It measured a .242 blood alcohol content. Police drove her passenger home.

Criminal damage, Sprague Road: A resident found his mother's truck with punctured tires in the lot where he parked it Aug. 7.

A witness told police she was in her car when another car with two people inside sped through the lot. The two inside that car stopped and switched positions. The woman driving the car then stopped at the truck. The passenger got out and slashed the tires on the truck's driver side. The witness asked the suspect what was going on, but he began screaming and cursing at her as he approached her. She gave police a description of the man.

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