A Stolen Kindle and $150 Scam: Brecksville Police Blotter

The following information was supplied by the Brecksville Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.

The following incidents were reported by the from March 27 through March 30. The information was compiled from police reports.

Man gets away with $150
A manager at stopped by the station on March 30 to report a quick-change incident from the day before. A man had purchased two lottery tickets for $2 and paid with a $50 bill. He then asked the employee for a variety of different kinds of change and when all was said and done, the register was short $150. The police viewed the security tape of the incident, and the employee was told to call the police if the man came back to the store.

Police find woman who sold stolen Kindle on Craigslist
On March 27, a Brecksville resident told police that he had been sold a stolen Kindle Fire on Craigslist. The resident met the woman selling the Kindle at a local fast food restaurant on March 12 and paid $150 for it. The Kindle was still in its original package. On March 18, five days after registering the Kindle with Amazon, Amazon discontinued service. The company told the resident that the Kindle had been reported lost or stolen. The woman who sold the Kindle told the resident that she would refund the money, but when the resident called back, her number was disconnected.

Police then contacted the woman who had posted the item to Craigslist, asking about a Kindle they wanted to buy. The woman, who police later learned was using a fake name, agreed to sell the Kindle Fire. They planned a meeting at an Independence restaurant. The Independence police came along.

When the woman arrived, police identified themselves, telling the 42-year-old from Cleveland that the Kindle she sold to the Brecksville resident was stolen. She said she didn’t steal anything, and that her ex-husband gave it to her to sell. She unsuccessfully tried to reach him, and she was charged with receiving stolen property.

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benjamin April 04, 2012 at 02:23 PM
It's amazing what people will try to get away with. Their are plenty of people out there looking to scam over Craigslist because there really is no accountability. Meet in a public place and you never have to deal with the person again. They won't even get your actual email address if you do it correctly. That being said it sucks that they lost their Kindle, I use mine on a daily basis. This is an awesome addition to the Kindle that I will consider picking up. Although the device already has great battery life. Extending that life to nearly four months time will make it seem more like a book and more importantly, will dramatically decrease the wear on the built in Kindle battery making it last years longer. Anyone considering picking up a Kindle should look at <a href="http://tech-mountain.com/reviews/kindle/ " title="Kindle Review"> this review</a> . It convinced me to pick up the device and I thought ereaders were pointless money sinks beforehand.
G Robert Doss December 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
You can prevent the theft of your Kindle and other mobile devices by hiding them inside a Book-Case carrying case. Made from a real, gently used book, you will protect yourself from "grab and run" thefts. More information available at http://www.book-case.co


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