BEREA, Ohio –
Assault: Front Street
A Brook Park woman, 19, and a Berea woman, 20, were banned from Dunkin Donuts, 789 Front, after they got into a fight inside the restaurant around 1:30 p.m. on July 6.
Police were waiting in the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru queue when a worker stuck his head out the window of the van and shouted that two women were fighting inside.
The police parked their car and entered the restaurant. The two women were shouting at each other. Berea’s wife’s two cousins - both 19-year-old men, one from Berea, the other from Brook Park – were with her.
Berea’s wife told police she had a fight with Brook Park’s wife three days earlier at the home of a mutual acquaintance. She said she and her two cousins were placing an order that day at Dunkin Donuts when Brook Park’s wife approached the counter and punched her.
Brook Park’s wife admitted to hitting the Berea wife, but only after the Berea wife and her cousins insulted her. The Berea woman did not want to file a complaint. The cousins were also banned from the restaurant.
Motor Vehicle Theft: North Rocky River Drive
An unlocked 2015 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen around 2 a.m. July 13 from the parking lot of Circle K, 825 North Rocky River.
The victim had left his keys in the van as he entered the store to make a purchase. Security video showed a sedan stopping and parking next to the truck.
A person wearing dark clothes and light-colored shoes appeared, got into the truck, and drove off. Police were unable to read the sedan’s license plate number.
Suspicious person: Berea Commons
A tenant of Generations Senior Living, 4 Berea Commons, called police around 10:30 a.m. on July 3 and said a man was attempting to break into cars parked in the neighborhood.
The tenant said her son chased the man away. Police searched the area but found no man matching the tenant’s description.
Then police recalled that a 42-year-old man from Cleveland had gone to the Berea police station earlier that day, seeking advice on how to locate his wife’s car. Police realized the Cleveland man matched the description given by the Generations Living tenant.
Police found the man behind a nearby house, where his estranged wife lived. He told police his wife had texted him, saying she had been pulled over for driving with a suspended license and that his car had been towed.
The man rode his bike from Cleveland to pick up his wife’s car. He suspected that the car had not been towed and that his wife had parked the car outside Generations Senior Living, which is next to the police station. He spotted a car he thought belonged to his wife.
The man then asked a passing stranger – the son of the Generations Living tenant – for a coat hanger so he could unlock the car. The problem was that the car belonged to the renter’s son, not the man’s wife. The tenant’s son handed the man a coat hanger, but when he saw him trying to break into his own car, he yelled at the man and then reported the incident to the police.
The car belonging to the man’s wife was parked behind his house the entire time. The man told the police that his wife might be suicidal and asked them to watch her.
The wife told police her husband had an undiagnosed mental illness and the text messages about having his car towed were sent in April. She was not suicidal.
The police warned the man about his behavior. He admitted it was unreasonable and apologized. He then cycled back to Cleveland.
Flight: Fair Street
A wallet containing a debit card and credit card and $5 in coins was stolen between 10:30 p.m. July 11 and 11 a.m. July 12 from two unlocked vehicles parked in a Fair driveway.
Driving under the influence: Baker Street
A 31-year-old Berea man was arrested for drunk driving around 3 a.m. July 7 on Baker.
Police saw the man’s car drift out of its lane on East Bagley Road. They stopped the car after it ran into Baker.
The man smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. He was rocking in his car seat, crying and acting aggressive. He failed field sobriety tests.
During the booking process, the man intentionally urinated on himself and was hostile to the police.
Gun theft: Crescent Drive
A Springfield 911 .380 caliber pistol was stolen around 4:30 p.m. on July 8 from a house in Crescent.
The victims suspect a close family friend – a 36-year-old man from Cleveland – of stealing the gun. He had stayed with them overnight.
Flight: Berea Commons
A 26-inch Schwinn Sidewinder men’s mountain bike was stolen around 8 p.m. July 5 from a bike rack near the Mucklo Park Playground, 11 Berea Commons. The bike had not been locked to the rack.
Theft: Barrett Road
A catalytic converter was stolen between 11:30 p.m. July 8 and 9:30 a.m. July 9 from a car parked outside the Tower in the Park apartments, 55 Barrett.
A second catalytic converter was stolen between 8:30 a.m. July 7 and 1:30 p.m. July 9 from another vehicle parked outside Tower in the Park.