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Alleged Scrap Metal Theft Spotted and Possible Credit Card Fraud: 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 Brecksville Police Department on Aug. 30 to Sept. 5. The information was compiled from police reports.

Employees see scrap metal being taken
Police responded to the report of a scrap metal theft at LA-Z-Boy Furniture at 8:53 a.m. on Sept. 5. A witness told police he saw a pickup truck pull into the employee-only part of the parking lot; he then told his supervisor, who pulled around the building and saw the suspect taking metal out of a recycling container. When questioned, he jumped into the truck, saying he just needed metal, and sped away. The employee was able to get a license plate number. Police went to the registered owner’s residence, but the 31-year-old Brecksville man was not home. He was later charged with petty theft and trespassing.

Driving under the influence, 1
At nearly 3 a.m. on Sept. 2, a police officer stopped a speeding car on Interstate 77 and quickly realized that the driver was under the influence. The officer had the 41-year-old Akron man attempt some field sobriety tests and took him back to the station. He was charged for driving under the influence and for speeding.

Driving under the influence, 2
But it was slow driving that helped tip the police off to a drunk driver on Interstate 77 on Aug. 31. Police received a call about a possible intoxicated driver and were able to stop the 20-year-old Cleveland man before he got off the highway. He refused to take the breath test and was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under the speed limit and driving in marked lanes.

Possible credit card fraud
On Aug. 30, a Brecksville resident stopped by the police station to report that her credit card had been used without her permission. The credit card company had contacted her, asking if she had made purchases in England. She had not. There were 13 charges equaling more than $280. The company had reimbursed her for a portion of them at the time of the report.

Everybody makes mistakes—even us! If there's something in this article that you think should be corrected, or if something else is amiss, give Local Editor Rachel Abbey McCafferty a ring at 440-292-7245 or shoot her an email at rachel.abbey@patch.com.

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