Wallet theft quickly turns into $6,000 credit card fraud: Mayfield Heights Police Blotter

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Theft: Eastgate Plaza

A woman, 76, reported Jan. 18 that she realized her wallet was missing from her shopping cart at Marc’s after a man asked her questions about tomatoes.

The following day, the woman reported that $6,000 worth of fraudulent transactions had been made on credit cards that were in the wallet. The purchases were made at an unknown Best Buy location and at the Macedonia Walmart.

The incident is under investigation.

Child enticement: Bellingham Road

A 35-year-old resident of Alcester Road was charged with two counts of child enticement Jan. 19 after he had approached two Lander Elementary School students two days earlier and offered them a ride home.

The two boys, 9 and 10, said the man briefly walked with them before returning to his vehicle.

He was identified after officers reviewed surveillance video from several homes in the area and found one that captured the incident.

He told police he had gone to the school to pick up his daughter, but was unaware that she had stayed late that day. He said he had no bad intentions.

Theft: Mayfield Road

A Penn Station manager reported Jan. 17 that an employee had stolen $200 from the registers while working on separate days.

Theft charges were subsequently filed against the Bratenahl woman, 24, after she failed to show up for her following shifts.

Burglary: Chelmsford Road

A man said Jan. 14 that he had arrived home around 4:30 p.m. to find his garage door open and the man door to the home broken.

He did not locate any missing property, but found a $5 bill torn in half in different locations and a piece of masking tape with “Star Wars” written on it with some random numbers.

The man, 76, knew his nephew had been at the home, but did not suspect him of damaging the door. He concluded that a drunken person may have gone to the wrong house.

Lost property: Mayfield Road

A woman reported Jan. 15 that she had lost her wallet while at Giant Eagle the previous day. She suspected that a woman had taken it from her jacket pocket when she bumped into her.

Surveillance video showed the woman accidentally dropping the wallet in the parking lot when she was entering the store. A young girl picked up the wallet, but it did not appear that the adult woman she was with knew she had it.

Officers are working to confirm that woman’s identity to inquire about the wallet.

Disturbance: Marnell Avenue

A woman said Jan. 16 that a neighbor had left a note in her mail chute at her apartment telling her to stop telling fellow residents that she does not clean up after her dog.

The incident stemmed from a previous encounter in 2021 when the neighbor was leaving dryer lint and dog hair outside of her apartment.

Officers contacted the neighbor and advised her not to speak to the woman nor place anything in her mail.

Fraud: SOM Center Road

A 69-year-old resident reported Jan. 15 that he was a victim of a scam. He had received a phone call from someone claiming he had won the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes.

He said he had purchased and sent the redemption code of one $500 gift card to the caller, but became suspicious when asked to send a second one.

Disturbance: Maplewood Road

A caller said Jan. 15 that he heard yelling outside the Arbor Court apartments. They said one person said to another that he would shoot him if he did not leave the country.

Responding officers did not locate the suspects.

Harassment: West Miner Road

A resident said Jan. 13 that somebody on social media was threatening to post lewd photos of him if he did not send money. An officer gave him advice.

Fraud: Maplewood Road

A resident said Jan. 17 that she had learned that her credit report showed she had a previous eviction. She said she had never been evicted and was concerned that someone may have used her identity.

Officers provided information for the credit reporting fraud department.

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