Juvenile on a joyride: Bradley Road
An officer at 3 a.m. Aug. 18 stopped a vehicle on Bradley near Detroit Road after watching it pull into and out of several driveways in the area. The vehicle appeared to have fresh damage.
The driver, a 15-year-old boy, said he was “not looking for trouble.” But the car was stolen. The Westlake resident admitted that he was bored and had entered unlocked cars on Porter Road. After finding one with the keys inside, he took the vehicle. The teen also had been drinking.
Officers arrested the juvenile for the stolen vehicle and for operating it while intoxicated. Charges were filed through juvenile court.
The boy was turned over to his parents after he refused a breath test.
Drug arrest: Crocker Road
Officers at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 stopped a vehicle on Crocker for a traffic violation.
A Westlake police K9 alerted to the vehicle. Officers discovered suspected methamphetamine, along with paraphernalia including syringes, straws and burnt pipes, according to a Westlake Police Department press release.
The 45-year-old Elyria man driving the car claimed that the contraband had been left in his vehicle by an acquaintance. Police charged the driver with misdemeanor drug offenses.
Thefts from vehicles
The Westlake Police Department took four reports of thefts from unlocked vehicles the week of Aug. 16.
On Aug. 19, a resident of Remington Apartments on Detroit Road reported that her vehicle had been entered. Loose change and an ID were taken.
On Aug. 20, three residents of Hamlet Lane reported that their vehicles had been rummaged through. Items reported missing included jewelry and ID badges.
On Aug. 21, a resident reported that after having problems with an Amazon delivery, she used Google to look up a phone number for an Amazon package help desk.
She spoke to a man who walked her through the “process” to get a refund for the lost package. The victim ended up purchasing over $1,000 worth of gift cards and giving the fake Amazon representative the numbers. She soon realized that this was a scam.
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