-- Munroe Falls --
Drug paraphernalia possession
Police K-9 used on traffic stop: An Akron woman, 26, was cited with drug paraphernalia possession and no rear license plate illumination, both minor misdemeanors, after police stopped her vehicle on South Main Street near Castle Drive at about midnight March 8. Police said they believed they smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and they deployed police K-9 Ryot. After she alerted them to the possible presence of narcotics in the vehicle, police said, they did not find drugs, but found a marijuana pipe.
Other driver left area: A Strongsville woman reported that while northbound on Route 91 at about 5:30 p.m. March 7, she entered the left turn lane at Munroe Falls Avenue and another northbound vehicle struck her vehicle, then left the area. No injuries were reported and the woman's vehicle sustained minor damage, police said.
Police said there was some debris at the scene, but they found none that would be useful in identifying the other vehicle.
Man cited in collision: A Jean Avenue man, 19, was cited with assured clear distance ahead after his vehicle struck the rear of a vehicle driven by a Virginia man that was stopped in traffic in North River Road's 100 block at about 7:50 a.m. March 6. Police said no injuries were reported and damage to both vehicles was minor.
-- Stow --
Residents reports vehicles entered: Police responded to a rash of complaints made by numerous Stow residents around the city reporting that someone entered their vehicles outside their homes during the night between Feb. 16 and 20, with thefts of money or items reported in most cases. Police said the investigation in all of the cases was closed.
On Feb. 16, a woman reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle outside her home in Highland Avenue's 3800 block and took about $12 in cash and change. A man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle in his driveway in Liberty Road's 1900 block and took about $4 in change. A man reported someone took about $5 in change from his unlocked vehicle outside his home in Moreland Avenue's 3800 block.
On Feb. 17, a woman reported someone entered two unlocked vehicles outside her home in Surrey Hill Lane's 3100 block and took a cell phone docking station, a pair of prescription sunglasses and about 20 CDs of unspecified values.
On Feb. 18, a man reported someone took an unknown amount of money and a pair of sunglasses of unspecified value from an unlocked vehicle outside his home in Calais Drive's 2700 block. A woman reported someone took a bag containing notebooks from her vehicle in Norton Road's 2600 block. Police said they found the bag and notebooks nearby and returned them to the woman. A police report did not specify whether the vehicle was locked. A woman reported someone entered her unlocked vehicle outside her home in Ravineview Circle's 3000 block, but said nothing appeared to be missing. A man reported someone took a wallet containing a store credit card from his unlocked vehicle in Tricia Rae Lane's 5000 block. No fraudulent charges were reported to the card.
Also on Feb. 18, several men reported someone entered their unlocked vehicles outside their homes in Bryn Athen Drive's 2900 block. A man reported change was taken from his vehicle, another man reported a pair of gloves and some change was taken and a third man reported someone took a paint set.
On Feb. 20, a woman reported someone took $45 in cash, gift cards totaling at least $26 in value and a Social Security document from an unlocked vehicle outside her home in Cranford Drive's 2200 block.
Police said they had a suspect in the Tricia Rae Lane and Bryn Athen Drive incidents, a 12-year-old Stow boy who was arrested after a man reported the boy threw eggs onto his sidewalk and driveway and wrapped toilet paper around his porch rail and put toilet paper into a gutter in Bryn Athen's 2900 block during the same time frame as the thefts from the man's neighbors. Police, however, said the boy denied involvement and items found on the boy did not match the items reported stolen. The only charge reported against the boy was criminal mischief and he was referred to Stow Youth Services in lieu of filing the charge in Summit County Juvenile Court and released.
Girl charged in cell phone theft: A Stow girl, 17, was charged with misdemeanor theft after a woman in the girl's household reported the girl took her cell phone of unspecified value on Feb. 20. The girl was summoned to appear in Summit County Juvenile Court.
GPS unit stolen from vehicle: A Cleveland man reported someone slashed all four of his vehicle's tires and took a GPS unit of unspecified value while the vehicle was parked outside a business in Hampshire Road's 800 block during the afternoon Feb. 20. A police report did not indicate whether the vehicle was locked.
Cash taken from business: An employee of a business in Darrow Road's 3900 block reported Feb. 18 that someone took $150 from a cash box while it was on the business' front desk since the day before. Police said the investigation is closed.
Brush fire reported in residential area: A 13-year-old Stow boy was charged with misdemeanor arson after police and firefighters responded to a reported brush fire in an area behind the Button Bush Court cul-de-sac at about 7 p.m. Feb. 19. Police said there was minimal damage and they confiscated a lighter from the boy. Police said the boy admitted to setting the fire and he was referred to Stow Youth Services in lieu of filing the charge in Summit County Juvenile Court and released.
Misuse of a credit card
More than $22,000 in charges reported: A Hillbrook Drive man and woman reported Feb. 18 that someone in Nevada charged about $22,260 in charges against their credit card over the previous 10 days. Police said their investigation is closed with no suspects identified.
Vehicle damaged: A man reported Feb. 18 that someone damaged his vehicle in an unspecified way while it was outside his home in Villas Drive's 4000 block since the evening before.
Newspaper box damaged: A woman reported Feb. 18 that someone broke her newspaper box of unspecified value nearly in half and left it on the ground outside her home in Ellsworth Road's 4000 block during the night.
Lawn damaged: A man reported Feb. 16 that someone drove across his home's front lawn in Graham Road's 2600 block early in the morning, causing damage to the lawn.
Man reports fraudulent check: A Stow man reported Feb. 16 that after an unknown person in France sent him a check for $2,970 as a deposit for renting an apartment the man owns on Wyndham Ridge Drive, he wired $1,970 overseas to Benin as part of the transaction. The man said he then discovered the check was fraudulent. Stow police said that since the scam originated in another country, they lacked the jurisdiction to investigate.
Woman reports suspicious call: A Bobwhite Trail woman reported Feb. 14 that an unknown person called and asked her to confirm her identity. After doing so, the person said they were trying confirm their records and hung up. The woman said she believed this was part of a new type of scam in which a recording of her confirming her identity might be used to validate fraudulent purchases.